Weybread murder suspect due in court on Friday

The search for Syliva Stuart, who is now believed to have been murdered. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The search for Syliva Stuart, who is now believed to have been murdered. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Suffolk double murder suspect Ali Qazimaj is expected to appear before Ipswich magistrates on Friday after his appeal against extradition from Luxembourg was turned down.

Peter Stuart (left) whose body has been found close to his Weybread home, and his wife Sylvia (right

Peter Stuart (left) whose body has been found close to his Weybread home, and his wife Sylvia (right) who is missing - police believe she has been murdered. - Credit: Archant

Mr Qazimaj is wanted by detectives after the death of Peter Stuart of Mill Lane, Weybread, near Harleston, and his wife Sylvia, who is still missing, but is believed to have been murdered, too.

The body of Mr Stuart was found close to the couple's home on June 3, the same day as the pair were reported missing. The 75-year-old died from multiple stab wounds.

Although police have conducted extensive searches of the area, along with parts of Essex, Mrs Stuart, 69, has yet to be found.

Mr Qazimaj was detained in Luxembourg City under a European Arrest Warrant on June 16.

He had gone to a hostel where a worker checked the internet and found he was wanted in Suffolk.

Earlier this month detectives had their request for Mr Qazimaj's extradition granted. The 42-year-old subsequently appealed the decision.

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Yesterday, Henri Eippers, a spokesman for the Justice Administration in Luxembourg, said: 'The Court of Appeal sitting in chambers decided on Friday, July 15, to uphold the decision taken by the District Court sitting in chambers.

'Mr Qazimaj will be surrendered to the British authorities on Thursday, July 21.'

Although Suffolk detectives have a 10-day window in which to bring Mr Qazimaj back to the UK, he is expected to return within 24 hours of July 21.

The parameters of a European Arrest Warrant mean that only in exceptional circumstances can any suspect be interviewed by police after the warrant is issued.

Instead they must be put before a court as soon as is practicable on their return.

It is understood Mr Qazimaj is expected to appear before magistrates on Friday. His case will be sent to Ipswich Crown Court where he could appear on the same day.

Mr and Mrs Stuart were last seen alive at Goodies Farm Shop in Pulham Market, Norfolk, on May 29.

Mr Qazimaj, who has a British passport, went to Dover on June 4. He travelled as a foot passenger on a ferry to Calais at around 7pm the same day.

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