Family suspects murderer ten years after London killing of daughter

Martine Vik MagnussenLONDON,20100210.Memorial ceremony.Murdered Martine Vik Magnussen.Photo: Åsa Westerlund / SCANPIX

Ten years after the murder of Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen (23) in London, her family alleged guilt of the police’s only suspect in the case.


Martine Vik Magnussen,from Asker, was found raped and killed in a basement room in the apartment complex of her study friend, Farouk Abdulhak, in March 2008.

Abdulhak left England the same day and has since stayed in his native Yemen.He is the only suspect of the British police at Scotland Yard and is wanted for the murder, but has not been brought to justice because Yemen has no extradition agreement with the United Kingdom.

Wanting a reaction

Now Magnussen’s mother, father and siblings will go to court.

“We have hoped that this case would be resolved by his returning to England by himself and facing what he was suspected of. It has not happened.Now this is our opportunity to create further progress in the matter,’’ said Matine’s father,Odd Petter Magnussen to Aftenposten newspaper.

They pointed out that money is not important in the case.

“Although such litigation must be based on an economic requirement, we primarily wish to achieve a constructive response from the suspect and,if appropriate, his father,” said Ms. Kristin Vik.

Sent condolences to the family

The suspect’s father, Shaher Abdulhak, is ranked by Forbes as the fourth richest businessman in the Middle East.

He has previously refused to comment on the matter, but in connection with the murder, he sent his condolences to the family via his British lawyer,Michael O’Kane.

He also added that the Abdulhak family supports the Magnussen family’s efforts to resolve the matter.


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