Police trying to track down 'most wanted man in Wales'

11 April 2019, 17:21 | Updated: 11 April 2019, 17:31

Mohammed Ali Ege

A new international appeal has been launched to find a man wanted in connection with the murder of a student 9 years ago.

Mohammed Ali Ege, 41, is wanted by South Wales Police for questioning over the murder of A-level student Aamir Siddiqi who was stabbed to death in front of his parents at their family home in Cardiff on April 11 2010.

The 17-year-old aspiring lawyer was killed by hitmen Ben Hope and Jason Richards after they turned up at the wrong address.

Ege had allegedly paid the pair £1,000 each to murder a middle-aged man over a £50,000 debt.

Detectives are appealing for information from anyone in the UK or abroad about Ege's whereabouts since he escaped from police custody in April 2017.

Ege, from Cardiff, fled from a railway station bathroom in New Delhi while awaiting extradition in India.

South Wales Police said it was working with the National Crime Agency and international law enforcement agencies to trace Ege and return him to the UK.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Giess, from the major crime investigation team, said: "Two years on, his current whereabouts are unknown, he could be in India or elsewhere.

"From our ongoing investigation to trace him we know that he has travelled.

"We also know that he has changed his appearance and has access to different identification which would allow him to travel extensively on false documentation.

"The false documents which were recovered at the time of his arrest in India were of high quality and would cost a substantial amount to produce, indicating that he is being supported financially, possibly from within South Wales.

"We will pursue anyone who is assisting Ege or who has supported him previously.

"Nine years have passed since Aamir's tragic death and I would urge anyone who may have had previous allegiances with Ege and felt unable to assist us at the time to do the right thing and tell us what they know."

Police also revealed they had executed search warrants at addresses in the Cardiff area as part of the investigation.

In a statement, the teenager's parents, father Sheikh Iqbal Ahmad and mother Parveen Ahmad, said: "It is the ninth anniversary of the murder of our beloved son Aamir.

"He was our loving, funny, intelligent and generous child who was about to embark on the next phase of his life at university.

"His friends have become wonderful adults, they have travelled, have jobs and some are married.

"Our son was deprived of these things and we mourn his loss every day.

"We will never forget how so many people in Cardiff and beyond were touched by Aamir's death. People helped us with their practical and emotional support and for this we are very grateful.

"We urge anyone who has any information that could help the police with their enquiries, to please get in touch - your call might help bring an end to the very long ordeal for our family and potentially, help to prevent this kind of tragedy happening again."

Mr Giess added: "Aamir was their only son who, nine years ago yesterday, was murdered at his family home while waiting for his Koran teacher to arrive on a Sunday afternoon.

"Although two men have been convicted of his murder, our focus remains on tracing and arresting Ege so he can be put before the courts."

Hope and Richards were each handed life sentences and ordered to serve a minimum of 40 years' imprisonment after being convicted of murder in 2013.