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‘Canadian Psycho’ suspect will not fight extradition

GRISLY PACKAGE:Two schools received packages containing a hand and a foot, but investigators say they cannot yet link the body parts to Magnotta

Reuters and AFP, BERLIN and MONTREAL

A Canadian man wanted in his homeland on suspicion of killing and dismembering a student, then posting a video of the crime online, says he will not fight extradition from Germany, where he was arrested, German authorities said on Tuesday.

Police arrested porn actor Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, in a Berlin Internet cafe on Monday. He faces first-degree murder charges in Canada over the killing of Chinese student Jun Lin, 32, in Montreal.

“He made no objections to being extradited to Canada,” said Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin city prosecutor, referring to Magnotta’s appearance before a judge.

Steltner said the extradition order could be completed in the next few days and Magnotta, born as Eric Clinton Newman in Scarborough, Ontario, could then be put on a plane to Canada after German government approval of the order.

Montreal police said the video showed the killer eating part of the body, but they gave no details, saying they first had to establish without doubt the footage was of Lin’s murder.

“We have to confirm the authenticity of the footage we have. We believe it is [authentic], but now we’ve got to prove it,” Montreal police spokesman Ian Lafreiniere told a news conference.

He said police had sifted through a truckload of debris from behind Magnotta’s Montreal apartment, where a janitor found the torso of Lin’s dismembered body in an abandoned suitcase, finding evidence including documents and clothing.

Human remains sent in separate packages were found on Tuesday at two schools in the western Canadian city of Vancouver, police said.

Investigators emphasized that they could not yet link the discoveries in Vancouver to Magnotta.

“The first package containing what appeared to be a human hand was opened by a staff member” at a Vancouver elementary school, police said in a statement.

The second package “containing what appeared to be a human foot” was found by staff at another school a few hours later, they said, emphasizing that there was so far “no indication of an identity” of the victim.

“The investigation will center on identifying the victim and from where the packages were mailed. Investigators will liaise with any outside police agencies as required,” Vancouver police said.

Magnotta is also alleged to have mailed a foot and a hand to political parties in the Canadian capital Ottawa, and Lafreiniere said tests had determined that these parts came from the same body. Other body parts are still missing.

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