Murder victim’s father files charges against UD staff

The  frustrated father of Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen, who was found raped and murdered in London seven years ago, announced on Wednesday that he’s charging two employees of Norway’s foreign ministry (Utenriksdepartementet, UD) with dereliction of duty. He claims that he and his family have been misled regarding UD’s efforts to help bring his daughter’s killer to […]

Some progress in ‘justice for Martine’

More than three years after the body of young Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen was found in a London basement, hopes are rising that her assailant may finally be brought to justice. Former Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik is heavily involved in efforts to bring him to trial in the UK. Bondevik told newspaper Aftenposten […]

What revolution means for Martine

In Yemen civil discontent is turning into a major uprising aimed at unseating top leaders. This may make a difference for Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen’s suspected murderer, who continues to seek refuge from prosecution in his home country. In 2008, Magnussen was found brutally raped and murdered in the basement of fellow student Farouk […]

Boycott hits murder suspect’s father

A recent boycott of Coca-Cola products in Norway, aimed at getting the huge beverage maker to sever ties with the father of a murder suspect, seems to be yielding some results. As the boycott ended this week, Coca-Cola itself reportedly was suspending its business deals with Shaher Abdulhak, a wealthy businessman in Yemen who’s believed […]

US enters murdered student’s case

Family and friends of a Norwegian student murdered in London two years ago now hope that American involvement in the case will help them win the justice they seek. The main suspect has a US passport, and thus may finally be forced to face trial. Martine Vik Magnussen was found murdered in the basement of […]

New effort to get justice for murdered student

The father of a Norwegian student who was raped and murdered in London nearly two years ago is continuing his efforts to obtain justice for his daughter. Odd Petter Magnussen attended a coroner’s inquest in London this week, held a press conference with the Scotland Yard inspector on the case and led a torchlit parade […]

Foreign Minister on Mid-East tour

If this is Tuesday, it must be Abu Dhabi. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre is in the midst of a whirlwind diplomatic tour to the Middle East, tackling such difficult issues as Israeli settlements, funding for the Palestinians, oil and climate issues and even justice for a Norwegian student suspected of being murdered by a […]

Attention on Yemen raised hopes for solving Norwegian murder case

Authorities in Yemen are feeling the heat from foreign governments over the terror threats emanating from the strife-torn country. That may pressure them into finally extraditing the son of a wealthy Yemen man who’s suspected of murdering a Norwegian student in London in March 2008, reported newspaper Aftenposten. Experts later expressed doubts. The nearly two-year-old […]

Mourners marched for murder victim

Hundreds of Norwegians lit torches and quietly marched through the streets of Oslo Tuesday evening, ending up at the Foreign Ministry where they appealed for justice following the murder of a young Norwegian woman in London last year. It’s been 18 months since the body of Martine Vik Magnussen was found in the cellar of […]