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Suspect in cannibalistic murder returns to Canada

June 19, 2012

MONTREAL: A porn movie actor accused of first-degree murder in connection with the killing, dismembering and cannibalizing of a Chinese student in Montreal was flown back to Canada yesterday from Germany, where he was arrested.

Canadian suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, accused of killing student Jun Lin and sending his feet and hands in the mail to two Canadian political parties and two Vancouver schools, was deported two weeks after his arrest in a Berlin cyber cafe.

A Canadian military plane carrying Magnotta, in the custody of Montreal police, touched down in Montreal at about 7pm EDT (2300 GMT), and police made no apologies when asked why the government used the military.

“I’m going to reverse the question. How can we bring him back to Montreal on a commercial flight with other people on board? That wasn’t a hard one (to decide),” Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreniere told reporters at the airport.

Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson thanked Germany for its “swift and decisive action” in extraditing Magnotta, who was to be taken to a Montreal prison.

“Our government’s cooperation with the international community has led to this individual being swiftly returned to face justice,” he said in a statement.

DNA tests have linked the mailed hands and feet with that of a decomposing torso found stuffed into a suitcase in an alley near Magnotta’s Montreal apartment, police said.

The victim’s head has not been found.

Police found a bloody mattress and pools of blood on the floor and in the refrigerator of Magnotta’s apartment.

They have linked the murder to an online video showing a man stabbing another man repeatedly and then cutting off his arms, legs and head before eating part of the body.

Police have said Magnotta and Lin knew each other. Magnotta did not fight extradition to Canada.

-  Reuters


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