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Sylvia and Peter Stuart murder: Tilbury man appeals extradition in Luxembourg

Sylvia and Peter Stuart Image copyright Suffolk Police
Image caption Sylvia Stuart is still missing. The body of her husband, Peter, was found in woods

A man arrested on suspicion of the murder of a Suffolk couple is appealing against extradition back to the UK.

Ali Qazimaj, 42, has been arrested in Luxembourg in connection with the deaths of Sylvia and Peter Stuart.

Mr Stuart, 75, was found dead near their home in Weybread, on 3 June. Mrs Stuart yet to be found.

Mr Qazimaj, from Tilbury, appeared in a Luxembourg court on Friday. It is thought he caught a ferry to France the day after Mr Stuart was found dead.

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Image caption Officers have arrested Ali Qazimaj, who is believed to have originally entered the UK as an asylum seeker
Image caption Peter Stuart's body was found in woodland on the same day he was reported missing

Police named Mr Qazimaj, a Kosovan immigrant, as a suspect on 6 June.

He is known to have caught a ferry from Dover to Calais, at around 18:30 on 4 June, after leaving his silver Citro├źn C3, in a cul-de-sac close to the ferry terminal.

Sylvia 'not alive'

Mr Qazimaj, who also goes by the name of Marco Costa, was found in a hostel in Luxembourg City by a worker who identified him from pictures on the internet.

Suffolk Police said officers had been told Mr Qazimaj intended to appeal against extradition.

"Detectives from Suffolk will continue to work with the National Crime Agency," the spokesman said. "The Crown Prosecution Service and authorities in Luxembourg to seek his extradition, after he was detained under a European Arrest Warrant."

Searches for Mrs Stuart, 69, have included ground probes and drone flights. Police confirmed late on Thursday they were treating her disappearance as murder.

Image caption The suspect fled the UK earlier this month and was detained in Luxembourg

Det Ch Supt Simon Parkes said; "We will await updates from Luxembourg with regards to the extradition progress, however here in the UK the focus continues to be on locating Sylvia."

Mr and Mrs Stuart were last seen on 29 May when they were captured on CCTV walking into Goodies Farm Shop in Wood Lane in Pulham Market, at around 10:20 BST.

The couple's son-in-law, Steve Paxman, 61, of Leicester, was arrested earlier this month in connection with the inquiry and released on bail.

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