Martine Vik Magnussen must not be forgotten and her alleged killer Farouk Abdulhak should finally be brought to justice suggests Matthew Steeples
Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen, 23, was killed in the early hours of 14th March 2008 in Great Portland Street, Marylebone. The only suspect in her murder, Farouk Abdulhak, left London on his billionaire father’s private jet later that day and returned to his native Yemen – a country that has no extradition agreement with Britain.
In a new twist to this somewhat forgotten case, Monday’s Evening Standard reported that Miss Magnussen’s father, Odd Petter, received an offer of the arrangement of Abdulhak being handed over to Interpol on the eighth anniversary of her death in exchange for Norway hosting peace talks when the Yemeni civil war was at its height. Though this was unsuccessful, Mr Magnussen told the paper:
“I found this encouraging. This was a strong message to the suspect that he can no longer rely on the total support of his own people. I hope he is not sleeping so well these days”.
Justice for Martine Vik Magnussen must be served – however long it takes. Britain should once again pursue the extradition of Farouk Abdulhak and Yemen should jolly well offer to surrender him.
Those with information that could ensure justice for Martine Vik Magnussen should contact Scotland Yard’s Most Wanted Hotline at +44 (0) 207 233 4128 or Crimestoppers on +44 (0) 800 555 111.
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