Nobel Peace Prize laureates support internet campaign in the Martine murder case

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Nobel Peace Prize laureates support internet campaign in the Martine murder case

Two Muslim Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Iranian Shirin Ebadi and Yemeni Tawakkul Karman, are part of a new internet campaign launched by the Martine Memorial Foundation for Justice.

In a new video released today on YouTube and social media the suspect billionaire son, Mr Farouk Abdulhak, is encouraged to ensure justice prevail by making himself available for British authorities.  Since the murder of Martine Vik Magnussen in 2008, Abdulhak is on the list of Scotland Yard’s most wanted criminals, based on his movements in the hours after the murder, as well as physical evidence found at the crime scene.

– We are honored and delighted that such honorable human rights representatives have openly chosen to support our cause. Especially considering the challenges Iranian and Yemeni women have in their home countries, as to freedom of expression, says Jan Aage Røtnes, director of the Martine Memorial Foundation for Justice.

March 14 six years ago the 23-year-old Norwegian student Martine Vik Magnussen from Nesøya in Norway was found raped and killed in the basement of an apartment building in central London. A fellow student of Magnussen, the Yemeni billionaire son Farouk Abdulhak, was the last person seen with Martine, and was shortly after the murder wanted by British police. Closer examination revealed that Abdulhak had returned to his father’s native country of Yemen immediately after Magnussen was killed.

Until now there has been little progress that can help bring this important and profiled case closer to its solution. With reference to lack of extradition treaties with the UK, Yemen has so far refused to meet a UK request for the extradition of the fugitive Mr. Abdulhak.

The new video is produced by Mr. Sturla Ellingvåg and Mr. Jan Petter Selbekk supported by the Martine Memorial Foundation for Justice and commercial enterprises. The Norwegian company Venture Factory assists in spreading the message through targeted advertising on Facebook in Arabic speaking countries.

– The commitment that several commercial actors expose by supporting a socially important issue of this kind, we believe illustrates the increased involvement in universal ethical questions, says Røtnes. This foundation works for the Martine case at two levels – activities to ensuring the Martine case is brought forward to a UK court of law, and efforts towards improved international legislations filling the legal loop-whole that the Martine case addresses.

Watch the new video

For more information, comments, etc., please contact: Mr. Jan Aage Røtnes, The Martine Memorial Foundation for Justice, Mob: +47 92803000, Skype: janaagenor, Twitter: janaagenor

Alternatively, contact: Paal Espen Hambre, Gambit Hill + Knowlton, telephone / SMS 414 01 414,mail  See also the new and updated website or our Facebook page

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