Luka Magnotta, Canada’s alleged ‘body parts’ killer, tells German judge he will not fight extradition

Dylan Stableford
The Lookout

Luka Rocco Magnotta, the porn actor who allegedly killed a Montreal student, chopped him up and sent his dismembered body parts to Canadian politicians, told a judge in Germany on Tuesday that he will not fight extradition to Canada, a German police spokesman said.

Magnotta was arrested at an Internet cafe in Berlin on Monday, ending a brief worldwide manhunt for the so-called "Canadian Psycho." According to witnesses, Magnotta was reading online articles about himself at the time of his arrest. He surrendered to police without incident.

Magnotta, who spent the night in solitary confinement, made a brief appearance before a judge on Tuesday at the Berlin police station where he's being held. The 29-year-old will be assigned a lawyer who will negotiate the extradition, German authorities said.

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"He told the judge he would not object to his return to Canada," German police spokesman Stefan Redlich told the Montreal Gazette.

That could expedite Magnotta's extradition. The CBC initially reported that his return to Canada could take months.

The international manhunt for Magnotta began last week, after authorities had tracked Magnotta to Paris through his cellphone. Witnesses then spotted him on a bus to Berlin.

Magnotta faces first-degree murder charges in Canada in connection with the killing of Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Concordia University student from China. He is also accused of videotaping the gruesome murder and posting it online.

Magnotta allegedly mailed Lin's severed body parts to Ottawa police and politicians, including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who received a severed foot. According to the Gazette, Lin's head was cut off on May 24.

Authorities searched Magnotta's Montreal apartment, where they found a torso stuffed in a suitcase. Not all of the body parts have been recovered.

Magnotta had promoted himself as a gay porn star. According to Interpol, he used several aliases, including Eric Newman and Vladimir Romanov.

"I really do enjoy my work," Magnotta said in a 2007 interview with Naked News. "I get to meet new people all the time. I'm a people person."

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