Queen Elizabeth backs local family

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England’s Queen Elizabeth has sent a letter of condolence to a Norwegian family whose daughter was murdered in London two years ago. A former Norwegian prime minister is offering his support as well.

Kjell Magne Bondevik, who now runs a peace center in Oslo, told VG Nett that he ‘s trying to help the family of Martine Vik Magnussen, who was raped and murdered by a man who British police believe was a fellow student in London. He fled to his native Yemen before Magnussen’s body was found in March 2008, and has avoided arrest because there’s no extradition treaty between either Yemen and the UK or Yemen and Norway.

The murder has had widespread press coverage in the UK and Queen Elizabeth reportedly wrote that she was familiar with the case and sorry for their plight. Newspaper VG wrote that the British monarch could understand the frustration the Norwegian family felt because Magnussen’s attacker hadn’t been brought to justice.

He’s the son of one of Yemen’s wealthiest men. Bondevik wouldn’t specify how he could help Magnussen’s family, but told VG Nett that he had “great sympathy” for the Magnussen family’s “hopeless” situation.

US authorties reportedly have also engaged themselves in the case, since murder suspect Farouk Abdulhak also has a US passport.

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