Group to sue Yemeni suspect in Norway woman's murder

25th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A foundation created in memory of a Norwegian woman murdered in Britain said Tuesday it will launch a civil lawsuit against the son of a Yemeni billionaire suspected in the killing.

Martine Vik Magnussen, a 23-year-old Norwegian studying in London, was found semi-naked and dead in March 2008 in the basement of a London block of flats where the suspect, Farouk Abdulhak, lived.

Abdulhak, who was 21 at the time of the murder, is the son of one of Yemen's richest businessmen Shaher Abdulhak, who controls a business empire including interests in petroleum, soft drinks, tourism and property.

Norwegian and British authorities have said he is the main suspect in the case and British police put him on their most-wanted list, but the suspect flew to Yemen only hours after the young woman's body was discovered and neither Norway nor Britain have an extradition treaty with the country.

"We hope that the increased pressure will contribute to help his family realise it's in the interest of everyone involved for this case to be solved," Marcus Rolandsen, the president of the Foundation in Memory of Martine, told public radio NRK.

Vik Magnussen's murder soured relations between Yemen and Norway, where hundreds marched through Oslo in 2009 to demand action over the case, and between Yemen and Britain, where police vowed they would never give up trying to extradite the suspect.

© 2011 AFP

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