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  • 14 March 2014, 17:54

Fugitive Billionaire Playboy Urged To Surrender

The father of a 23-year-old student raped and murdered in London has issued a plea to the playboy police suspect of having carried out the attack.

Yemeni citizen Farouk Abdulhak, who is the son of a billionaire, is wanted for questioning overthe 2008 death of Martine Vik Magnussen.

Mr Abdulhak left the UK in the hours after her death and ever since has remained in his home country, which refuses to extradite its citizens.

According to the Evening Standard, Abdulhak leads a normal life and spends most of his time at the Taj Sheba, a five-star hotel in Sana'a owned by his father, where he has a suite.

Martine's father Petter Magnussenwants him back in theUK in order to face justice

He said: "Farouk Abdulhak is denying our family any closure by not taking his responsibility seriously, choosing not to return to the UK where the crime took place.

"He seems to be untouched by the simple values of respect, dignity and tolerance that are expected in any civilised society.

"These past six years he has continued to build his life in the Yemen showing no remorse or common decency.

"Our daughter would have been 29 in February this year and not a day goes by where she isn't foremost in our thoughts. We miss her every hour of every day."

Miss Vik Magnussen was living in Westminster while studying at Regent's Business School and had been out with friends to the Maddox nightclub until the early hours of March 14, 2008.

She left in a cab with fellow student Abdulhak, but was reported missing the following day by her friends.

Police found her body on March 16 partially buried under rubble at a flat in Great Portland Street.

The results of a post-mortem examination showed that she had been strangled.

Abdulhak was found to have left the UK on a flight to Cairo on March 14, 2008, and from there travelled to the Yemen, where he has recently got married.

Detectives hunting Mr Abdulhak have launched a "most wanted" Facebook appeal in Arabic which they hope will "prick the conscience" of the people sheltering him.

Farouk Abdulhak is the only suspect in the investigation into the killing of Norwegian student Miss Magnessen. An international arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Foreign Secretary William Hague is understood to have recently discussed the case with counterparts in Yemen, and last month detectives met with Mr Abdulhak's lawyers in London.

But diplomatic channels to force him to come back to Britain have so far failed.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, said: "We want to spark a conversation and prick the conscience of those people closest to Farouk Abdulhak."

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