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Police make arrests

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-07-30

Simon Turkov

Simon Turkov

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Simon Turkov whose body was found in a central London hotel in March.

The arrests took place on Thursday afternoon in Israel and Belgium. Police have not named either men but have revealed that a 30-year-old man was arrested by Israeli police, while a 50-year-old man was arrested by Belgian police. Extradition proceedings to send both men to the UK have begun.

Turkov, 45, who also used the name Yermia Yunataev was discovered at the Marriott Hotel in Marble Arch on Sunday 28th March 2004.

According to London's Evening Standard, Turkov was a convicted drug smuggler on the run from an Israeli prison.

CCTV footage released showed him walking with another man in the early hours of Sunday morning along Gloucester Road north towards Cromwell Road in South Kensington.

At the opening of an inquest into his death in April, at Westminster Coroner’s Court, the cause of death was provisionally given as asphyxiation.

Police are still appealing to witnesses and anyone who may have any information about Turkov to contact the Incident Room at Belgravia Police Station on 020 7321 7228 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.