A suspect being hunted in connection with the murder of a teenager in Cardiff in 2010 has been added to a list of Europe’s most wanted fugitives.
Mohammed Ali Ege fled to India before he could be arrested in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Aamir Siddiqi, who was stabbed at his family home in a mistaken identity attack.
In a statement issued on the tenth anniversary of the stabbing, South Wales Police said officers were continuing to work with Europol, the National Crime Agency and international law enforcement agencies to trace 42-year-old Ege.
Aamir was killed in the Roath area of Cardiff on the afternoon of April 11 2010.
An image of Ege, who escaped from custody in India in 2017 while awaiting extradition, has been added to the Europol website with a statement saying he may have changed his appearance.
Detective Inspector Stuart Wales, of the South Wales Police Major Crime Investigation Team, was on duty at Cathays police station on the day of the murder.
The senior officer, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene, said: “Aamir was undoubtedly a very promising young man, full of huge amounts of potential.
“A decade may have passed but until Mohammed Ali Ege is located and brought back to the UK, this matter will not go away for South Wales Police.
“Mr Ege now features among 42 other wanted individuals on the Europol website.
“He must be constantly looking over his shoulder and our determination to resolve this matter has never diminished.”
Appealing directly to Ege to give himself up, Mr Wales added: “We would ask anyone who has information about his whereabouts to please get in touch – not just for us, but more importantly for Aamir’s family, who have always acted with such dignity throughout their 10-year ordeal.”
The victim’s sister, Miriam Siddiqi, also appealed for the suspect to surrender to police.
She told the BBC: “Because it is still an open case, it is an open wound and it does make it difficult for my parents to find closure.
“We are just desperate to close this chapter – please stop running so that my parents can get closure.”
Two other men convicted of Aamir’s murder continue to serve life sentences in prison.