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Berlin police: Canadian body parts suspect ordered held by judge; won't fight extradition
BERLIN (AP) ' The Canadian porn actor suspected of killing and dismembering a Chinese student in Montreal, then mailing his body parts to Canada's top political parties, has told German authorities he will not fight extradition, police said Tuesday.
Luka Magnotta, 29, appeared before a judge in the afternoon and was ordered held pending extradition, police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said. He was then transferred to a Berlin prison from a police detention center.
He will have to go before a German court for an extradition hearing once Canada formally requests that he be returned for trial, Neuendorf said.
"I assume there will be no problems," he said. "According to his statements to prosecutors he will not fight his extradition."
That means Magnotta could be returned to Canada as early as this week, according to authorities. The Canadian Embassy in Berlin declined to comment on when Ottawa may file the official papers seeking extradition.
Magnotta arrived in Berlin on Saturday on a bus from the French capital, Paris, said Martin Steltner, a spokesman for Berlin prosecutors. He would not elaborate on what Magnotta did in Berlin between his arrival and the time of his arrest, citing the ongoing investigation.
Magnotta is wanted by Canadian authorities on suspicion of killing Jun Lin, a 33-year-old man he dated.
Authorities allege Magnotta filmed the slaying in his Montreal studio apartment and posted it online. The video shows a man with an ice pick stabbing another naked, bound male. He also dismembers the corpse and performs sexual acts with it.
At a press conference in Montreal on Tuesday, Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said authorities believe Magnotta ate parts of the body from what they saw in the video, but have not been able to conclusively confirm that he did.
"It was seen on the video, but again we have to confirm this," he told reporters. "This is not proof I'm giving you; this is fact that we saw from the video footage but I don't have any legal confirmation."
A copy of the video viewed by the AP online did not show Magnotta eating the body of his victim.
The case's full horror emerged when a package containing a severed foot was opened at Canada's 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. And a torso was found in a suitcase on a garbage dump in Montreal, outside Magnotta's apartment building. Police in masks combed through the blood-soaked Montreal studio apartment last Wednesday.
As they unraveled his background, police discovered that Luka Magnotta changed his name from Eric Clinton Newman in 2006 and that he was born in Scarborough, Ontario. He is also known as Vladimir Romanov.
Montreal police on Tuesday said DNA tests have confirmed that the parts mailed to the political parties were those from Lin's corpse, and that they have footage of him mailing the two parcels that were sent to Ottawa.
"The head is still missing," Montreal Police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere said. "And one hand and one foot is still missing."
He said they had no indication those parts had been shipped anywhere, however.
Zheng Xu, a press spokesman at the Chinese consulate in Montreal, said press attache at consulate, said Lin's family has been contacted and wants to come to Canada as soon as possible. He said he was not able to give any further details without the family's approval.
In Germany, surveillance camera footage of the cafe, obtained by The Associated Press, showed Magnotta casually entering the shop at noon local time wearing jeans, a green hoodie sweater and sunglasses. He briefly spoke to the counter clerk, then walked to his assigned computer where he was later spotted reading news about his case.
About two hours later, seven German police officers walk into the shop, without any haste. The footage shows three police officers accompanying the handcuffed Magnotta a couple of minutes after they first entered the cafe. Magnotta calmly walks alongside them.
Police say he at first tried giving fake names but then conceded: "You got me."
Rob Gilles in Toronto, Sean Farrell in Montreal and Phil Couvrette in Ottawa contributed to this report.