Suffolk murder: EU rules making finding suspect “like looking for a needle in a haystack”

The difficulties of finding a suspect in a Suffolk murder that happened last weekend have been described as being like “looking for a needle in a haystack” due to EU freedom of movement rules that allowed him to escape to the continent without checks.

The suspect abandoned his car in Dover before getting on a ferry to Calais last Saturday shortly before he was linked with the murder.

Both the Eastern Daily Press and East Anglian Daily Times today reported:

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Former Met Police murder squad Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton, who lives in mid-Suffolk, said the inquiry team’s job has now been made even harder due to the lack of border controls on the continent.

Mr Sutton said officers would have contacted Europol and Interpol, and given the agencies details of the identity documents Qazimaj may be travelling under.

However, he added: “To be honest once someone is in the Schengen area with a passport it is very difficult to keep tabs on them.

“You have to do it through CCTV and those sort of things. It makes things a whole lot more difficult.”

The Schengen area is made up of more than two dozen European countries which have abolished passport and any other type of border control. It mainly functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy.

 

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