Torchlit march for Norway student

Martine Vik Magnussen

Thousands of Norwegians will take to the streets to urge politicians to break a deadlock over the murder of a young student in Britain.

Business student Martine Vik Magnussen, 23, was raped and murdered after a night out with friends in London in March last year.

Scotland Yard investigators named her billionaire playboy friend Farouk Abdulhak, 22, as the prime suspect.

But detectives have been unable to question him after he fled to his native Yemen where there is no extradition agreement with Britain.

The Vik Magnussen family will be joined by thousands of people for a torchlit procession outside the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo on Tuesday night. They want to put pressure on Government ministers to do more to bring Mr. Abdulhak to London to be questioned and put on trial.

Organizer Sophie Terkelsen, 24, a close friend of the family, said Miss Vik Magnussen’s parents are pleased with the police inquiry. But she said they have been disappointed with the lack of public support from the Norwegian authorities.

Miss Terkelsen said the march has been organized on Facebook and more than 2,000 people have pledged to attend.

She said: “We are frustrated with the Norwegian foreign authorities. It is seven months since they last contacted Martine’s father about the case. It is like a sleeping matter and it has been for a while. That is why it is important to focus on it again.

“Our goal is that the suspect will be put on trial in London, but we think the Norwegian authorities can contribute. Especially since the British authorities have used most of their formal methods of handling the case.”

Another friend, Hedda Homme, added: “When Norwegian authorities says they share these views, but do not take adequate measures, Norwegian credibility is also on trial.”

Source: Press Association

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