‘Canadian Psycho’ won’t fight extradition from Germany
A porn actor dubbed the “Canadian Psycho” for allegedly killing and chopping up another man told a Berlin judge Tuesday he would not challenge his extradition from Germany.
“He has been before the judge, who has confirmed the arrest,” a spokesman for the Berlin public prosecutor’s office told AFP, the day after Luka Rocco Magnotta’s capture in the German capital following a days-long global manhunt.
“He said he would not fight the extradition.”
Magnotta, 29, was arrested Monday at a Berlin Internet cafe on suspicion he murdered a 33-year-old Chinese student in Canada last month with an ice pick and hacked apart his body while filming the grisly killing.
The case came to light after body parts were mailed to political party offices in Ottawa, triggering an international hunt that started in Montreal and shifted to Paris before ending in Berlin.
The suspect would be moved from police detention to a jail cell later Tuesday, said the public prosecutor’s spokesman, Martin Steltner.
German authorities have asked Canada to provide the necessary documents for Magnotta’s extradition.
As soon as they arrive, a judge will rule on sending Magnotta back to Canada, Steltner said ahead of the hearing, adding that the procedure normally took several days.
“We will see what the extradition process will bring,” he said later, adding that it “will be easier and will be faster” now that Magnotta has said he would not fight it.
However he noted: “He could still change his mind.”
German police faced little resistance when they picked the suspect up in Neukoelln, a working-class district of the capital, after a witness tip-off. He said simply, “You got me,” a police spokesman said.
A video from the cafe’s security camera circulating on German media showed police leading a suspect wearing sunglasses and a dark hooded jacket with his hands handcuffed behind his back out of the cafe.
Before the hearing, Steltner said there was no evidence the suspect had committed any crime in Germany and that investigators did not know exactly what he was doing in Berlin following his arrival on Friday by bus from Paris.
“Canadian and German authorities are working together and legal representatives too,” said a spokeswoman for the Canadian embassy in Berlin, declining further comment.
Initial reports said the victim, Lin Jun, was Magnotta’s lover, but Chinese media reports Tuesday quoted Lin’s friends as saying they were not in a relationship.
Magnotta, dubbed the “Butcher of Montreal” and the “Canadian Psycho,” has been wanted since last week when Lin’s severed hand and foot were sent by mail to Conservative and Liberal party offices.
Lin’s torso was found in a suitcase left for garbage collection outside Magnotta’s Montreal apartment.
Montreal police said Monday that Magnotta may be responsible for other unsolved crimes.
“When we are faced with this kind of individual, we think of other crimes,” police spokesman Ian Lafreniere told reporters.
Interpol had issued a Red Notice wanted-persons alert for Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, to its 190 member countries after a video purportedly showing the gruesome murder surfaced online.
In the video, which Canadian police have reportedly said shows the crime, a man repeatedly stabs another man with an ice pick and dismembers him, as a song from the soundtrack of the film “American Psycho” plays in the background.
Canadian investigators said Magnotta boarded a France-bound plane on May 26 in Montreal.
Two passengers who said they sat next to him on the six-hour flight told French radio he had appeared nervous and was crying.
“He was nervous during the flight. He was clearly hiding his face,” one passenger said.
“At one he point he disappeared and I got worried — we’re all a bit paranoid on flights — and I thought ‘He’s put a bomb in the toilets.'”
With the help of Magnotta’s cell phone signal, police traced him to a hotel in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet, a French police source said.
The hunt then turned Monday to an international bus station in Paris where video surveillance footage showed he had boarded a bus to Germany.
Magnotta travelled to Berlin from Paris under a false name, Tramell, French police said.
Catherine Tramell was the main character in the 1992 film “Basic Instinct”. Played by Sharon Stone, she uses an ice pick to murder a lover.
[The Interpol website notes the arrest of Canadian Luka Rocco Magnotta, who is suspected of killing a man and posting body parts to various locations around Canada. AFP Photo]