Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 1 December 2020

Second man charged with murder of music executive linked to Dubai crime boss

Kickboxer Anis Fouad Hemissi, 22, has already appeared at London's Old Bailey. Flamur Beqiri was shot several times on his doorstep in Battersea last Christmas Eve

Flamur Beqiri, who was shot dead at his London home in front of his wife and child on Christmas Eve. Shutterstock
Flamur Beqiri, who was shot dead at his London home in front of his wife and child on Christmas Eve. Shutterstock

A second man has been charged with the murder of a music executive who was killed at his £1.5 million ($1.96m) home in London by a hitman.

Flamur Beqiri, who was linked to a criminal caught in a Dubai raid, was shot several times on his doorstep last December.

Tobias Fredrik Andersson, 31, was extradited to the UK on Wednesday and has now been charged with his murder.

Swedish citizen and kickboxer Anis Fouad Hemissi, 22, has already appeared at London's Old Bailey and denied murder and possessing a firearm.

The crime scene where Flamur Beqiri, 36, a father of one, was murdered on December 27, 2019 in south-west London, England. Getty 
The crime scene where Flamur Beqiri, 36, a father of one, was murdered on December 27, 2019 in south-west London, England. Getty 

Mr Andersson, a Swedish citizen, was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Two other Swedish citizens, aged 33 and 22, are still subject to the extradition process through the Swedish judicial system after they were arrested last month on a European arrest warrant.

A fourth man, Clifford Rollex, 30, from London, has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Beqiri, 36, who was once a wanted crime lord in Sweden, died from gunshot wounds after the attack at his home in London’s Battersea district on Christmas Eve last year.

Mr Hemissi was extradited from Denmark to the UK this year after being arrested at Copenhagen Airport on January 20 under a European arrest warrant.

He is accused of being a hitman who left the UK within hours of the murder.

It is alleged he flew to the UK four days before the murder to kill Beqiri, before leaving the country to fly to Copenhagen.

The murder victim, Beqiri, an Albanian who grew up in Malmo in Sweden, had links to Spain's Costa del Sol drugs gangs and is understood to have fled to the UK five years ago after receiving death threats.

He was associated with a Swedish drugs gang called Los Suecos, "the Swedes", who operate on the Costa del Sol and were allegedly led by Amir Faten Mekky, who was arrested in a raid in Dubai this year.

Mr Mekky was on Europe’s most wanted list for being an alleged gang leader and the financier of alleged Dutch drugs lord Ridouan Taghi, who was arrested in Dubai last December and is in custody awaiting trial for several murders.

Beqiri, who had run a record company in London called 2020rec, was with his wife and young son at the time of his killing.

He was once one of Sweden’s most wanted men in connection with a €2 million ($2.3m) international drugs trafficking case and knew several victims of recent gangland murders.

He had been associated with Mr Mekky, who had been on the run since evading capture in Spain in 2018.

Mr Mekky was arrested in Dubai this year in a joint international operation and is wanted for murders in the Spanish towns of San Pedro Alcantara and Estepona in 2018.

The Los Suecos gang is suspected of ordering kidnappings, shootings and arsons in the Costa del Sol.

Updated: November 5, 2020 10:30 PM

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