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Suspect in body parts murder back in Canada

AP, MIRABEL, CANADA

A Canadian porn actor suspected in the dismemberment of a Chinese student arrived in Canada on Monday via military transport from Germany, where he was arrested this month.

Luka Magnotta did not fight his extradition. He is suspected of killing Jun Lin and sending body parts to Canadian political parties and schools. The head is still missing. Police said they would ask Magnotta where it is.

Investigators say Magnotta posted a video online showing him having sex with the dismembered corpse.

Montreal police Commander Ian Lafreniere said Magnotta’s plane landed at Mirabel airport just outside Montreal.

A convoy of police vehicles with flashing lights rolled out to meet the suspect. Half a dozen men escorted him down the stairs of the plane and into a minivan. Armed guards stood by. A handcuffed Magnotta, dressed in a green long sleeve shirt and black jeans, said nothing as he was escorted into the van.

“We’re extremely happy with the result today,” Lafreniere said. “This is not the end of the investigation. We’re missing an important part of the investigation which is the head of the body.”

Lafreniere said Magnotta’s return went smoothly. He called the military flight an extraordinary measure, but said there was no way they were going to bring him back on a commercial flight with other people sitting onboard.

Magnotta, 29, was to appear in court yesterday, Lafreniere said.

A defense attorney will likely be designated then, said Rene Verret of Quebec’s prosecutors’ office.

Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said in a statement that Magnotta was removed from Berlin on Monday by a Canadian military transport.

“The government of Canada thanks the government of Germany for their swift and decisive action in this matter,” Nicholson said.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews noted that Magnotta himself sped up the process by declining to contest his extradition.

Martin Steltner, a spokesman for Berlin prosecutors, said Germany’s federal government gave formal approval for the extradition a few days ago.

Lin’s torso was found last month in a suitcase at a garbage dump in Montreal outside Magnotta’s apartment building.

The case first emerged when a package containing a severed foot was opened at the ruling Conservative Party headquarters on May 29. That same day, a hand was discovered at a postal facility, addressed to the Liberal Party of Canada.

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