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Gay porn star extradition likely in June

German prosecutors said the Canadian porn star accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese student in Montreal will probably be extradited by the end of the month.

world Updated: Jun 08, 2012, 08:59 IST
AFP

German prosecutors said the Canadian porn star accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese student in Montreal will probably be extradited by the end of the month.

The comments came as Montreal police said on Thursday they are keen to know more about the murder of a Los Angeles man who was found dismembered in January, when the "Canadian Psycho" murder suspect was on the US West Coast.

The suspect, Luka Rocco Magnotta is already accused of having killed and dismembered Chinese student Lin Jun in Montreal, and then sending his body parts to political parties and schools.

"We hope that he can be extradited by the end of the month," a spokesman for the Berlin public prosecutor's office, Martin Steltner, told AFP following Magnotta's arrest in the German capital on Monday.

The 29-year-old Magnotta was picked up in a Berlin Internet cafe looking up online articles about himself after a witness tip ended a 10-day-long international manhunt while he was on the run to Paris and then Berlin.

He is awaiting extradition to face charges in Canada of murdering 33-year-old Chinese student Lin, believed at one point to have been his lover.

Magnotta allegedly filmed himself on the night of May 24-25 killing Lin with a pickaxe and dismembering the body before sending a foot and a hand to the headquarters of Canadian political parties, including the ruling Conservatives.

A torso, which has been identified as belonging to Lin, was discovered in a suitcase outside Magnotta's apartment building, but his head and his second hand and foot remained unaccounted for.

Canadian police said Wednesday they were probing a macabre new twist in the case after further body parts sent from Montreal turned up at Vancouver schools. It was not immediately clear whether the parts belonged to Lin.

Meanwhile investigators from Montreal's serious crimes unit are looking also at the case of 66-year-old Hervey Medellin. whose head, hands and feet were found in a Los Angeles park in January.

The police "know that Magnotta was on the US West Coast", spokesman Ian Lafreniere told AFP, adding that it was not clear whether he stopped in Los Angeles or was in another coastal city.

The British tabloid The Sun reported that a pimp identified as Alex believed that Magnotta was working as a prostitute in Los Angeles at the time of Medellin's killing.

A series of new videos from Magnotta -- likely filmed after the Montreal murder -- have surfaced on the internet and appear to be authentic, according to police.

In one, posted on the video-sharing site YouTube, a seemingly cavalier Magnotta is seen smoking and says, "what's up and hi to all my fans," while Madonna's song La Isla Bonita plays in the background.

Police called the initial video showing the murder "sordid" and said the crime scene was virtually covered in blood.

Lin had been studying computer science in Montreal before his gory death.

His grieving parents, accompanied by his sister and uncle, arrived in Montreal late on Tuesday from China to meet with Chinese diplomats, police and university administrators.

Vancouver police said the packaging on the boxes sent to two schools there, in the far west of the country, were similar to those on the parcels discovered at the political offices in eastern Canada.

Montreal police spokesman Lafreniere told reporters that a note was included with one package sent to a Vancouver school, as well as one of the packages delivered to Ottawa, but did not discuss the contents of the notes.

Magnotta, who has been dubbed the "Canadian Psycho" and the "Butcher of Montreal", fled Canada on May 26, initially to Paris, before boarding a bus to Berlin on Friday.

Canadian authorities said he will face charges of first-degree murder and committing indignities to a body. He is also expected to be charged with publishing and mailing obscene matter to Canadian politicians.

Magnotta, who has worked as a bisexual porn star and as a gay prostitute called "Angel," has changed his name and used several aliases. He had several fraud convictions on his record.

A series of judge-imposed conditions reportedly banned him from owning or using a camera or a computer, and from accessing the Internet.

Germany's daily Bild reporting on Magnotta's past said he was a high-school graduate who had grown up with his grandparents.

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