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Martine’s father files dereliction of duty complaint. Odd Vik Magnussen says he has no choice but to take this action against two central Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials seven years after his daughter’s murder. “I find it sad having to take formal steps such as these and the decision has not been an easy one for me. But I consider all other courses of action to be exhausted, and this is the one I am left with,” he says in a statement issued by public relations firm Gambit, Hill, and Knowlton. Mr Magnussen explains that the complaint, lodged with police in Oslo, regards falsehoods and incorrect information that have been issued in various contexts, and that the roles both public servants have had and have are unclear.

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Martine’s father files dereliction of duty complaint

Published on Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 at 14:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th March 2015 at 19:22.

Odd Vik Magnussen says he has no choice but to take this action against two central Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials seven years after his daughter’s murder.

Odd Vik Magnussen meets the Press
Also pictured here in the shot taken outside the British Embassy in Oslo last week are DCI Andy Partridge of the Metropolitan Police, the officer in charge of the investigation (left), and former Norway PM Kjell Magne Bondevik (right).Odd Vik Magnussen meets the Press
Photo: Helen Rist/British Embassy, Oslo


“I find it sad having to take formal steps such as these and the decision has not been an easy one for me. But I consider all other courses of action to be exhausted, and this is the one I am left with,” he says in a statement issued by public relations firm Gambit, Hill, and Knowlton.

Mr Magnussen explains that the complaint, lodged with police in Oslo, regards falsehoods and incorrect information that have been issued in various contexts, and that the roles both public servants have had and have are unclear.

According to him, recent statements by the MFA in the media show that the Ministry maintains a line of communication about their engagement in the case that contributes to deceiving both the family and public.

In 2012, Mr Magnussen said that the MFA had denied him and the family access to 142 of their 325 documents, letters and reports.

He believed this was due to the fact that officials did not wish to reveal the extent of their involvement.

Last week marked seven years since Martine’s body was found dumped in a basement outside a luxury block of flats in Great Portland Street.

Investigators from Scotland Yard travelled to the British Embassy in Oslo in connection with the case.

They believe that main suspect Farouk Abdulhak, a national of Yemen, raped and killed then 23-year-old Martine Vik Martinussen before fleeing the UK back to his home country.

The murder case remains unsolved, and neither Britain nor Norway has extradition agreements with Yemen.

Mr Magnussen has appealed for Abdulhak to speak with police.

Today’s formal complaint against both Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials regards fundamental factors, and is independent of officials’ ongoing handling of the Martine case, he states.

Ministry officials did not wish to comment on the matter to Norwegian media, Wednesday.



Published on Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 at 14:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th March 2015 at 19:22.

This post has the following tags: martinevikmagnussen, murder, norway, uk.





  
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