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Martine’s suspected murderer disregards human dignity, says father. Odd Petter Magnussen issued his statement almost seven years after his daughter’s death in London. Calling her “a ray of sunshine for everyone who knew her”, Mr Magnussen has appealed for Farouk Abdulhak, the main suspect, to speak to investigators. Martine, who was raped and murdered in 2008, would have turned 30 this year. She was studying at Regent's Business School in the British metropolis with fellow student Mr Abdulhak at the time.

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Martine’s suspected murderer disregards human dignity, says father

Published on Wednesday, 11th March, 2015 at 23:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Odd Petter Magnussen issued his statement almost seven years after his daughter’s death in London.

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From to left to right: DCI Andy Partridge of the Metropolitan Police Service, Mr Odd Petter Magnussen, HM Ambassador to Norway Sarah Gillett CMG CVO, and former Norway PM Kjell Magne Bondevik.Group shot
Photo: Helen Rist/British Embassy, Oslo


Calling her “a ray of sunshine for everyone who knew her”, Mr Magnussen has appealed for Farouk Abdulhak, the main suspect, to speak to investigators.

Martine, who was raped and murdered in 2008, would have turned 30 this year. She was studying at Regent's Business School in the British metropolis with fellow student Mr Abdulhak at the time.

He is believed to have fled to Yemen after arriving in Cairo by plane on 14th March in the afternoon. Martine’s body was discovered on 16th March 2008.

It was partially concealed by rubble in the basement of a block of flats in which he resided.

The inquest into Martine’s death held at Westminster Coroner’s Court on 24th November 2010 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

“Not everyone lives with the knowledge that the known suspect has fled to another country where he can freely continue his life. That the suspect should increase the overall pain for our family by not telling the proper authorities what happened to Martine is extremely hard for us to comprehend,” said Mr Magnussen.

Martine Vik Magnussen, the victim
Martine Vik Magnussen, the victim
Metropolitan Police
“The most challenging part of this situation is, however, the continued disrespect for human dignity shown by the suspect. In showing a higher respect for his own well-being than for our entire family's the suspect and those who protect him display elements of the same disrespect as caused Martine’s death,” he added.

Scotland Yard officers and Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials came to Oslo, Wednesday, for a series of meetings at the British Embassy.

They met with Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs representatives, former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, and Martine’s father, amongst others.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, the officer in charge of the Met's investigation, stood side by side Mr Magnussen as he made his appeal for Farouk Abdulhak to come forward.

“We are determined to get justice for Martine’s family and this year we have come to Norway to support her father, Petter, in his plea to Farouk Abdulhak to show some conscience and turn himself in to the British police,” declared DCI Partridge.

Detectives have made several appeals for Abdulhak to return to the UK so that they can speak to him about Martine's death.

Frode O. Andersen, communications manager at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told The Foreigner that they are “very pleased that Scotland Yard is maintaining the pressure in this matter.”

“We had a good exchange and received a good update during today’s very positive meeting. We’re continuing to work on the matter so that it should be brought to court,” he concluded.



Published on Wednesday, 11th March, 2015 at 23:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

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





  
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