Bahrain arrests man over 1999 London suitcase murder: police

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Bahrain on Tuesday arrested a suspect in the murder of a Moroccan-born Canadian woman whose body was found inside a suitcase at London's Heathrow airport in 1999, police in the British capital said.

Youseff Ahmed Wahid was detained by authorities in the Gulf state in connection with the murder of Fatima Kama, 28, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

A security guard discovered her body in a foetal position on July 17, 1999 after prising open the suitcase which had been abandoned on a luggage trolley in an airport car park.

She had suffered multiple stab wounds and her throat had been slashed.

"On Tuesday ... Wahid was arrested in a pre-planned operation in Bahrain and is now in custody pending extradition to the United Kingdom," said the police statement, which gave no date for the extradition.

Police have repeatedly appealed for help in tracing the suspect, a former steward with Kuwaiti Airlines.

Police have previously said they believe the motive for the murder may have been the theft of a large quantity of money and jewellery belonging to Kama which has never been recovered.

Kama, a Canadian citizen for at least two years prior to her murder, was a regular visitor to London. She arrived for the last time on July 10, 1999 on a return ticket to Montreal.

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