BERLIN, Germany – Montreal police said they are still looking for some body parts and are investigating possible cannibalism in the killing and dismembering a student in Montreal, as they await the return of murder suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta.
According to Berlin police, Magnotta has said he won’t fight extradition back to Canada
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Magnotta, 29, is facing several charges, including first-degree murder, in the death of Chinese national Jun Lin, who was a student at at Concordia University.
Magnotta was arrested Monday at an Internet cafe in Berlin after an employee recognized him from a newspaper photo and flagged down a passing police vehicle.
However, it could still take weeks before he’s back in Canada.
“It does take some weeks to get the paperwork in order and the individual is in custody now. Canadian authorities will move very quickly to request the extradition,” Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said, Monday.
Toews said France has several outstanding warrants for Magnotta, and he hopes this does not lead to major delays.
“Often in these kinds of situations, the countries get together to discuss what is the most serious offence and where can the individual be brought to justice as quickly as possible,” Toews said.
In these types of cases, he added, the countries usually agree to send the suspect back to where he faces the most serious charges.
The NDP has pointed out that Magnotta could appeal the extradition, holding up his case in courts, but Canada has a treaty in place with Germany, his options may be limited.
However, Toews said Canadians can breathe a little easier, simply knowing the main suspect in the gruesome case is behind bars.
“We’re very pleased,” he said. “We want to work with the German police to ensure that the individual is brought back to Canada to face trial for this as quickly as possible.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was in London, England, for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Monday, offered his congratulations to German police for catching Magnotta and said he was pleased to hear of the arrest.
His capture came less than a week after police issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with Lin’s death — a macabre killing that grabbed international headlines and shocked people around world.
London’s Telegraph called him the “Canadian Psycho,” while the National Enquirer labelled him the “Psycho cannibal gay porn killer.”
Jun’s torso was found stuffed inside a suitcase on a Montreal curb outside Magnotta’s apartment building last Tuesday. Other body parts, including a hand and foot, were mailed separately to the offices of political parties in Ottawa.
Police said some of Lin’s body parts are still missing, including his head. Also, police said video footage from the murder seems to show the suspect eating the body, but they haven’t been able to confirm it.
Montreal police said Magnotta fled Canada for France about a day after Lin’s death, which is believed to have occurred sometime overnight between May 24 and May 25.
Magnotta was seen in Paris over the weekend — more than 1,000 kilometres from Berlin — and, after several days of police work from forces on two continents, authorities finally apprehended him without incident.
A Berlin police spokesman said Magnotta initially tried to give officers false names, but then conceded: “OK, you got me.”