A man was arrested in Denmark five days ago over the brutal Christmas Eve murder of suspected drug kingpin Flamur “Alex” Beqiri in front of his wife and young son.
The 22-year-old suspect was held under a European Arrest Warrant at Copenhagen Airport at the request of Scotland Yard after arriving there on a flight from Thailand.
He is wanted for questioning over the callous shooting of 36-year-old Swedish national Beqiri, known as Alex, outside his £1.5million home in Battersea, South West London.
The man arrested yesterday, Anis Hassimi, is from the Swedish city of Malmo, where Beqiri fled in 2016 after receiving death threats.
British murder squad detectives have been liaising with Swedish colleagues and believe Beqiri, of Albanian origin, was caught up in a gang war with North African criminals.
Beqiri’s best friend was convicted robber Naief Adawi, targeted by a gunman who murdered his doctor wife Karolin Hakim instead as she held their two-month-old baby in Malmo last August.
A hitman is believed to have kept Beqiri under watch before gunning him down as he returned home with wife Debora and their son on the evening of December 24.
The man arrested for Beqiri’s murder is said to be of Tunisian origin.