BERLIN, GERMANY – Luka Rocco Magnotta, in a Berlin jail after he was captured during an international manhunt, won’t fight extradition to Canada to face charges including first-degree murder, prosecutors said today.
Magnotta, 29, is suspected of killing Jun Lin, a Chinese university student in Montreal, and mailing his body parts to Canadian political parties.
He was arrested at an internet café in Berlin on Monday, when he was reportedly reading stories about himself.
Magnotta is wanted by Montreal authorities on first-degree murder and other charges, including threatening Canadian politicians, in a case that has drawn international attention and spawned one of the largest manhunts in Montreal police history.
Berlin prosecutors, however, said it was unclear how long it would take to get Magnotta back to Canada.
A German judge visited Magnotta in a Berlin jail Tuesday to speak about his detention and the procedure for extradition. At that time, Magnotta said he would not fight his extradition.
Following that meeting, Magnotta was moved to a state prison, CBC’s Nahlah Ayed reported.
Chief Supt. Stefan Redlich of the Berlin police told CBC News that Magnotta chose to be placed in solitary confinement rather than be held in a cell with other prisoners.
The prisoner ate dinner Monday night, slept well and had breakfast Tuesday morning without incident, he said.
Lin’s torso was found inside a suitcase outside a Montreal apartment on May 29, the same day body parts addressed to the offices of the Conservative and Liberal parties in Ottawa were discovered.
Magnotta was identified as a suspect the following day.
The case has drawn widespread, international media coverage.
Montreal police believe Lin, a 33-year-old university student, was killed sometime around the evening of May 24 or early May 25. A video that apparently captured some of the act was posted to an online gore site on May 25 and circulated across the internet for several days.
Police in Montreal confirmed to CBC News that they are investigating the owner of the website where a video allegedly depicting the killing was posted. Authorities say there is a good chance that charges could be forthcoming against Mark Marek, who lives in Edmonton.
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