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Fugitive warned murder case will ‘never go away until justice has prevailed’

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Billionaire playboy Farouk Abdulhak has been in Yemen since the death of Martine Vik Magnussen in 2008.

The father of a Norwegian student murdered in the UK has warned her suspected killer that the case “will never go away” while he remains a fugitive.

Martine Vik Magnussen, 23, was strangled after she went out to celebrate her end-of-term exams at a Mayfair nightclub in 2008.

Billionaire playboy Farouk Abdulhak, who was caught on CCTV leaving the nightclub with her, fled to Yemen in the hours after she disappeared and has since refused to return to the UK.

Martine Vik Magnussen's father Petter was visiting London to mark 10 years since his daughter's death (David Mirzoeff/PA)
Miss Magnussen’s father Petter was in London to mark the 10th anniversary of his daughter’s death (David Mirzoeff/PA)

“I want him to know that 10 years on we continue to pursue justice for Martine. The police continue to investigate, we want you to know that this case will never go away until justice has prevailed.”

LIVE: Petter Magnussen gives a statement on the 10th anniversary of the murder of his daughter Martine Vik Magnussen.

Posted by Metropolitan Police Service on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Her body was found two days later under rubble in the basement of flats in Great Portland Street.

As police continued to appeal for him to hand himself in a decade later, they released a CCTV clip of the pair leaving the nightclub.

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Mr Magnussen said: “It is a privilege to be able to travel as and where we wish.

“Today many are blessed with the freedom to see the world, to visit different cultures and explore new cultures.

“But I believe that that freedom should come with some responsibility and respect for the places we visit.

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“10 years on today my beloved daughter Martina was murdered in this town.

Mr Magnussen lays flowers in Great Portland Street where the body of his daughter was found (David Mirzoeff/PA)
Mr Magnussen lays flowers in Great Portland Street where the body of his daughter was found (David Mirzoeff/PA)

“In doing so he evaded the obligation to accept the law and legal system of the UK, going against all ethical and legal standard, and running away from responsibility that comes with the privilege of travelling.”

Asked about seeing CCTV footage of his daughter, Mr Magnussen said: “Martine and the suspect were fellow students. They were friends.

“As her friends have been saying all along, they were not a couple.

“And what I saw was a completely normal activity that should never have ended up in the tragedy that we have experienced.

“In a way I was relieved to see that.

“On the other hand it is very, very challenging to see your daughter alive enjoying life.

“She loved this life.”

A floral tribute left by Mr Magnussen in Great Portland Street (David Mirzoeff/PA)
A floral tribute left by Mr Magnussen in Great Portland Street (David Mirzoeff/PA)

“We are just after justice. And to give Martine justice, our family justice.

“And again to make this platform for criminal prevention. That must be the aim forever in this case.”

Mr Magnussen also said he had “unconfirmed” information that indicates that the suspect’s life is no longer “extremely luxurious”.

He said this is likely down to the fact he is a wanted man and also the crisis in Yemen.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, from Scotland Yard’s murder squad, said: “A decade on and our ambition remains the same – to obtain justice for Martine.

“With this CCTV now in the public domain, our hope is that the case will not fade from public attention, keeping the spotlight firmly focused upon Farouk Abdulhak.

Martine Vik Magnussen death
Farouk Abdulhak is suspected of murder (Metropolitan Police/PA)

“We have reached an important milestone, therefore this is the right time to once again appeal personally to Abdulhak to return to the UK.

“He was a guest in our country when the murder of Martine occurred and I believe the responsible thing to do is return.

“If he thought that this case would diminish, or that his wanted status would change over time, then this year’s anniversary demonstrates our resolve and that of the Magnussen family to continue to seek justice for Martine.”

A post-mortem examination gave Miss Magnussen’s cause of death as compression to the neck.

An inquest at Westminster Coroner’s Court on November 24 2010 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

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