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'Canadian Psycho' will accept extradition

The Local · 5 Jun 2012, 16:00

Published: 05 Jun 2012 16:00 GMT+02:00

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"He has been before the judge, who has confirmed the arrest," said Martin Steltner, spokesman for the Berlin public prosecutor's office. "He said he would not fight the extradition."

Magnotta will now be moved from a police cell to prison. "We will see what the extradition process will bring," said Steltner, suggesting it would be faster and easier without opposition.

Police in Berlin picked up Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, at an internet cafe on Monday after a week-long hunt across the Atlantic from Canada to France before reaching Germany.

"Mr. Magnotta has been arrested in Berlin, Germany on an Interpol Red notice which under German law constitutes a provisional request from Canada for his extradition," justice ministry spokeswoman Julie Di Mambro said in a statement.

"Pursuant to the Canada-Germany Treaty on extradition, Canada has to now submit a formal request for his extradition accompanied by documentation outlining the evidence supporting the request," she said.

The case came to light after body parts were posted to political party offices in Ottawa. Interpol had issued the Red Notice wanted-persons alert for Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, to its 190 member countries.

Canadian authorities believe he murdered a Chinese student with an ice pick and hacked apart his body while filming the grisly scene. Initial reports said the victim, 33-year-old Lin Jun, was Magnotta's lover, but Chinese media reports Tuesday quoted Lin's friends as saying they were not in a relationship.

Magnotta was arrested in a busy Berlin high street on Monday afternoon after an employee of the internet cafe recognized him from media reports and flagged down a passing police bus filled with trainee officers and their instructors.

Video from the cafe's security cameras circulating in the German media shows the police walking in, and then leading out Magnotta.

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“At 1:30pm, a witness stopped a police car in the Karl Marx Strasse and said that he had recognised a criminal in an internet cafe. ... Officers then went directly to the cafe," the prosecutor spokesman said.

They had little difficulty overpowering and arresting the suspect. Magnotta offered little resistance, saying simply, "You got me," a police spokesman reported.


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10:11 June 5, 2012 by Bushdiver
Certainly don't want him convicted in Germany. It's a well known fact that it's cheaper to kill someone in Germany than injure them. He might only get four year for this crime.
11:05 June 5, 2012 by Leo Strauss
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13:20 June 5, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Don't hold your breath that he will he will not be leaving any time soon or in the distant future. I would lay money on the table that is appointed lawyer is already preparing a case for the European Court of Human Rights. Although Canada does not have the death penalty, they will still find a reason. Probably that in prison he does not get the breakfast of his choice or such...............
13:27 June 5, 2012 by Leo Strauss
The ex

Canada has already filed for extradition, so it looks like they want him.

Where`s the breakfast defence angle? The Knasstis get Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs in Keiner-da.
13:43 June 5, 2012 by The-ex-pat

They may well want him, but getting him will be another matter.

As for breakfast, irony and sarcasm are in short supple today??
14:07 June 5, 2012 by Leo Strauss
The Ex

You are very right there, my friend. Easier said than done. Possession is nine-tenths of the law.

Sorry about the breakfast comments. I put the Harm in Lucky Charms sometimes...
14:13 June 5, 2012 by bobmarchiano
The French had a eye on him on Friday how did they loose him over the weekend
14:27 June 5, 2012 by Leo Strauss

Perhaps they `loosed` him upon Germany? :)
16:42 June 5, 2012 by raandy
I am sure this French speaking Canadian would prefer English and Canadian French to German.

bobmarchiano When the French saw him headed for Berlin, they turned him loose..
23:43 June 5, 2012 by Evaluator
Dear German Police,

Thank You for your bravery in capturing our SEWER RAT and National embarrassment (Luka Rocco Magnotta ).

Thank You also to the citizen who informed the Police; all of Canada appreciates your efforts !

Kind Regards,

Mike Muszak a Canadian citizen residing in Canada
09:33 June 6, 2012 by puisoh
Dear Mr Muszak,

Thank you for the 1st class civility displayed here , a rare experience to be treasured.

Best Regards

Y Petersen a Singapore citizen residing in Germany
20:07 June 6, 2012 by Li1981
From a another Canadian Citizen

Thank you to the Citizen of Germany who recognized this… monster… and to the German Police who apprehended him. Send him back to us. Justice needs to be served.

To: Bushdiver, first degree murder in Canada comes with an automatic sentence of 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole. To this, we have to add all the other charges (there are more). So, in other words, he will not be out in 4 years.

To: The-ex-pat , Canada and Germany have an extradition treaty and co-operate well on law enforcement matters. We are talking murder here. Both countries take this matter very seriously. Canada has already started the extradition process.

To Mike Muszak: You are right, he is a sewer rat and a National Embarrassment.

Thank you once again, and please remember: 1 individual, does not make a country.
23:52 June 6, 2012 by Harumph
Too bad Magnotta didn't get shot trying to escape. Now we Canadians will try him and jail him for life at great expense to us taxpayers. Next time, please, just shoot the maniac. Don't send him here. We don't want him.
09:29 June 13, 2012 by bryansutton
Canadian authorities believe he murdered a Chinese student with an ice pick and hacked apart his body while filming the grisly scene. Initial reports said the victim, 33-year-old Lin Jun, was Magnotta's lover, but Chinese media reports Tuesday quoted Lin's friends as saying they were not in a relationship.

reply by ed hardy riemen
21:35 June 20, 2012 by DOZ
You Germans are lucky you caught him. He grew up in an anti-german/anti-immgrant area of Canada. He was most likely in Germany to kill Germans.
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