Police in London arrested a woman in her 60s this week, charging her as an accomplice in the murder of a young Norwegian woman in London in 2008. Martine Vik Magnussen was found raped and strangled in the basement of a posh residential building in Westminster.
The main suspect in Magnussen’s murder continues to be Farouk Abdulhak, the son of a billionaire businessman in the Middle East. He and Magnussen were both studying in London at the time and were seen leaving a popular nightclub together. She was found murdered the next morning in the basement of the apartment complex, and he flew out of London the same day her body was found.
He traveled first to Egypt, where his wealthy father Shaher Abdulhak had a home and businesses, and then to Yemen, where the family was based. The woman arrested this past week is believed to be connected to the family, and she’s charged with helping Farouk Abdulhak leave the UK, which has no extradition treaty with Yemen.
Magnussen’s own father and hundreds of other Norwegians have continued to seek justice for his daughter. He told newspaper Aftenposten that he was “very glad” for the British police’s ongoing efforts in the case: “They haven’t only just talked about this, they’ve been seriously working with this case since 2008.”