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First picture of fugitive billionaire son Farouk Abdulhak, who fled on a private jet 14 years ago after the murder of a student

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This is the first picture of fugitive billionaire Farouk Abdulhak’s son since he fled London more than 14 years ago after the murder of Martine Vik Magnussen.

The bespectacled and bearded Abdulhak, now 35, bears little resemblance to the chisel-jaw playboy picture issued by Scotland Yard over the 2008 sex murder of 23-year-old Norwegian student Martine.

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This is the first picture of fugitive billionaire Farouk Abdulhak’s son since he fled London more than 14 years ago[/caption]

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Martine Vik Magnussen, 23, was found dead under rubble in a basement beneath his home[/caption]

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Scotland Yard released a photo of the suspect in 2008[/caption]

Abdulhak is the prime suspect in the case but is beyond the reach of British justice at his home in Yemen, where his late father was one of the richest men in the country.

The stunning new image of Abdulhak was recently captured by the creators of a five-part documentary, Martine: Chasing Justice, which starts streaming on Discovery+ today (Tuesday).

Married with at least two children, family friends claim Abdulhak is now effectively under house arrest, unable to leave his home, with no friends and only security forces for company.

He spends his days on the computer and watching movies. An anonymous relative said: “I speak to him almost every day. Farouk’s whole life is staying at home.

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“There is no socializing. He doesn’t really have friends. His life was obviously over after that night.”

Abdulhak and Martine were both students at the prestigious Regent’s Business School in central London.

According to friends, Abdulhak was in love with Martine but the feeling was not reciprocated and she told him that she just wanted to be friends when he tried to kiss her before.

They were among a group of students who went to the trendy Maddox nightclub on the night of Thursday, March 13, 2008 to celebrate the completion of their exams.


Martine and her classmate Abdulhak stayed behind after their friends left and CCTV showed them leaving the club at 3:20am – the last time she was seen alive.

Unable to reach Martine the next day and concerned that Abdulhak had shut down social media accounts and suddenly disappeared, friends reported her missing to police the following evening.

Police searched his Great Portland Street apartment and discovered her naked, battered body among debris in the locked basement area of ​​the building.

Martine had been raped and strangled and had 20 marks on her face and neck, sustained in a fight.

Her Christian Dior earrings, snakeskin shoes, Marc Jacobs handbag, Guess watch and silver costume diamond ring were missing along with her skinny jeans.

Hours after Martine’s death, Abdulhak took a scheduled flight to Cairo. From there he was flown in his father Shaher’s private jet to a safe haven in Yemen, which has no extradition treaty with Britain.

Metropolitan Police homicide detectives officially named Abdulhak a suspect in July this year – but thanks to his father’s influence and vast wealth, he escaped their grasp.

Shaher Abdulhak made his fortune in sugar, founded the first bank in Yemen and also had franchises in Coca-Cola and Mercedes in the country.

He died in 2020, but his murder-suspected son still has a fortune and is under the protection of the Houthi government.

Martine’s family has lobbied Norwegian and British politicians to seek justice for their daughter.

Her mother, Kristin Vik, said: “They claim they did their best but I don’t think so. I know that extradition deals are a difficult business.

“The British do not want to jeopardize their relationship with Yemen. In this case, an element of world politics is involved. Eventually a decision was made, and I don’t know when.”

Martine’s father Odd Petter Magnussen wants sanctions against Yemen.

He said: “No concrete action has been taken to act against Yemen. The suspect refused to be extradited voluntarily, so it became a diplomatic challenge.

“It is no longer a consular matter that needs to be dealt with at the lowest level. They have the resources and network to handle this type of case.

“But they have limited themselves to strictly diplomatic meetings with various Yemeni ministers.

“For years we have heard from Yemeni authorities that the case would have been solved long ago if the Norwegian authorities had acted against the regime. It’s a shame to think about it.”

“Come Back to Face Justice”

Yemen has offered to pursue any case against Abdulhak in its own country – insisting it has not been given any special privileges.

The war-torn country’s foreign minister, Hisham Sharaf, told the programme: “The issue of extradition is a very sensitive one.

“If a Yemeni has committed a crime in any part of the world and there is no extradition treaty, then that is out of the question.

“Our constitution says they will serve in Yemen, such a ruling. We do not side with our man or our citizens. no We say, “Everyone is innocent until proven guilty”. That is my principle.”

He added of Abdulhak: “I know his face. I’ve seen him with Shaher once or twice, but I have no personal connection with that person at all.

“He lives here as a normal citizen, that’s it. No privileges are granted, no immunities. Of course he has money.

“It’s a fact. I always say ‘money speaks’, but if something happens, we treat all Yemenis as citizens.”

But Martine’s father, Odd Petter Magnussen, said: “You can’t be above the law by crossing a line.”

He continued: “All I want is for him to decide to come back to the UK.

“If he does that, we could send an important crime prevention signal to international criminals out there.

“If you can retreat to a border in the moment when things heat up, that’s the opposite of crime prevention.

“That’s why it’s important to clear up the Martine case in order to set an example for all international crime.

“To show that you can no longer evade the law by crossing a line.

“I keep fighting for this goal. I made it my mission to solve it.”

In March this year, a woman in her 60s was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to a perpetrator.

Describing the arrest as a “positive step,” DCI Jim Eastwood added, “Farouk Abdulhak should be aware that this matter is ongoing and will not go away.

“My team and I will continue to seek justice and will use all available avenues to pursue him and bring him back to the UK.

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“His status as a wanted man will remain and we will not relax in our efforts to seek justice for Martine’s family.

“I am addressing Farouk Abdulhak directly. Come back to Britain. Come back to face justice.”

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Yemeni playboy Farouk Abdulhak poses with a gun[/caption]

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Martine Vik Magnussen was seen on CCTV with Abdulhak the night of her disappearance[/caption]

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Martine’s father, Odd Petter Magnussen, called for justice outside Regent’s Business School in London earlier this year[/caption]

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