Thursday 8 December 2016

Playboy wanted for rape, murder still on run

Margaret Davis in London

Published 15/03/2016 | 02:30

Martine Vik Magnussen
Martine Vik Magnussen

The playboy son of a billionaire wanted for the rape and murder of a Norwegian student in London is still on the run eight years after her death.

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Farouk Abdulhak remains holed up in Yemen and has refused to return to the UK where he is accused of killing Martine Vik Magnussen in 2008.

She was last seen in the early hours of March 14 at Maddox nightclub in London where she had been celebrating the end of term with friends from Regent's Business School.

The 23-year-old is thought to have left the club with fellow student Abdulhak - son of billionaire Shaher Abdulhak - and her body was found buried in rubble in the basement of flats in Great Portland Street two days later.

Yesterday, her father Petter Magnussen released two previously unpublished images of his daughter, as his family continue to fight for justice.

He said: "We have been left devastated and distraught since the loss of our daughter. There is an enormous hole in our lives that can never be filled.

"Martine would have been 31 years old and I cannot help but wonder what she would be doing now - would she have settled down, married and had children?

"What makes the pain so much more difficult to accept is that we are being denied justice as Farouk Abdulhak fled to Yemen after the murder and refuses to return to the UK.

"He has continued to live his life for the past eight years and move forward, in contrast to my family and myself who cannot do that.

"What we can do and will do is continue to keep the spotlight on this case and cherish the memory of our beloved daughter."

Mr Magnussen said that last year a senior Yemeni official offered to give Abdulhak up if, in return, peace talks over civil conflict in the Middle Eastern state could be held in Norway.

Mr Magnussen was unable to arrange this, but said: "I found this encouraging.

"This was a strong message to the suspect that he can no longer totally rely on the support of his own people. I hope he is not sleeping so well these days."

Police say the investigation is still very much alive.

Irish Independent

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