Luka Rocco Magnotta will not fight extradition to Canada: report
Luka Rocco Magnotta could be back in Canada very soon.
Magnotta, who is accused of the grisly murder of Lin Jun — a 33-year-old Chinese student living in Montreal — made his first court appearance Tuesday after being arrested at German Internet cafe a day earlier.
The German prosecutor responsible for his case says Magnotta will not be fighting extradition and could be in Canada within a week.
"The suspect said that he will not fight the extradition," senior Berlin prosecutor Martin Steltner said in an interview with the Globe and Mail.
"The extradition process is very complicated in Germany, and it can take months, even years - but not in this case," he said. "It will be much easier to get him to Canada."
If Magnotta did fight extradition, the whole process could have taken up to one year.
Gary Botting, a Vancouver criminal defence and extradition lawyer told Yahoo! Canada News that Canada is the only potential destination for Magnotta. Even though Lin was a Chinese citizen living in Canada, China could not request extradition to that country.
"It's Canada all the way - Canadian crime, extradition to Canada. The citizenship of victim is irrelevant," Botting said.
Magnotta spent Monday night in a jail cell in Tempelhof, in western Berlin, deliberately choosing solitary confinement, German police said. Later on Tuesday he will be transferred to a pretrial detention jail near the courthouses in Moabit, in central Berlin.
Steltner told the Globe that Magnotta admitted to his identity in court, but had not revealed anything about the murder or his flight to Europe: "He didn't say anything about the crime in Canada."
Magnotta will "probably not be transported commercially" and will be sent to Canada on a specially chartered flight.
Meanwhile, Montreal police revealed some of the evidence linking Magnotta to the alleged crime, Tuesday, including video surveillance from his apartment building and a nearby Canada Post outlet.
Investigators also confirmed there is evidence of cannibalism.
CBC News is reporting that Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière said some body parts are still missing from the remains, but they are not in the Canadian postal system.
Investigators are now combing through open homicide cases in the Montreal area, and possibly in other regions, to determine if there's any links to Magnotta.