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Politicians boost pressure in murder case

Members of Parliament from all of Norway’s political parties plan to ask large companies doing business with billionaire Shaher Abdulhak of Yemen to reevaluate their dealings with him. He’s the father of a murder defendant who’s evaded arrest for more than two years.

Abdulhak’s son Farouk has been charged in the murder of Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen in London in 2008, where both were students. British police believe the elder Abdulhak has allowed his son to elude arrest, since Yemen has no extradition treaty with the UK.

Shaher Abdulhak, meanwhile, does business with large companies like Coca-Cola, Daimler, Whirlpool, DNO and Philips. The Norwegian MPs plan to send them all a letter, to make sure they’re aware of the murder charges against Abdulhak’s son.

“We hope the companies will bring up the murder case with Abdulhak and evaluate whether it’s in line with their own ethical standards to do business with a man who hinders British police in an ongoing murder investigation,” said Michael Tetzschner, an MP for the Conservative Party.

Magnussen’s parents, meanwhile, were recently in London for another coroner’s hearing on the case. The dead woman’s mother, speaking publicly for the first time, called Farouk Abdulhak “a coward. He’s hiding out, and is not a man.”

Farouk Abdulhak was the last person seen with Magnussen as they left a London nightclub. She was found raped and strangled in the basement of his apartment building a day after he fled the country.

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