Berlin police: Magnotta won’t fight extradition

June 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM
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BERLIN, June 5 (UPI) -- A Canadian man being held in Berlin Tuesday on homicide and dismemberment charges in Montreal won't fight extradition home, police and prosecutors said.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, was arrested without incident at an Internet cafe Monday afternoon, ending an international manhunt that began last month.

He is accused of killing 33-year-old Jun Lin, 33, a Concordia University student from China, and dismembering the body. There were unconfirmed reports based on a gruesome Internet video Lin was sodomized and partially cannibalized.

Two parcels containing the victim's hand and a foot were mailed to two political parties in Ottawa.

Packages containing what appeared to be human remains showed up at two Vancouver, British Columbia, schools Tuesday afternoon, police said, but it was not clear whether the packages were linked to Magnotta.

One package arrived at False Creek Elementary School and the other was delivered to St. George's School, The Province reported. One contained what appeared to be a human foot and the other a human hand.

After his arrest, Magnotta requested a cell in solitary confinement, police said.

Senior Berlin prosecutor Martin Steltner told a Globe and Mail correspondent Magnotta expressed no interest in resisting being returned to Canada.

"The suspect said that he will not fight the extradition," Steltner told the newspaper. "He didn't say anything about the crime in Canada."

Tuesday, in a break from normal procedure, a judge traveled to the jail to hold a closed-door hearing to confirm Magnotta's identity and formally announce charges, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said.

The next step will be for Canada to formally request extradition, the reports said.

Canada and Germany have an extradition agreement, although Germany will not extradite its own citizens or to countries with the death penalty. Canada does not have the death penalty and Magnotta is a Canadian citizen.

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