Monday, 4 June 2012

Canadian Psycho Luka Magnotta Arrested in Germany

Luka Rocco Magnotta, Canada’s most-wanted fugitive, was arrested in Berlin on Monday, less than a week after international police launched a worldwide manhunt for the alleged killer from Montreal.

A Berlin police spokesman told The Canadian Press that Magnotta was arrested at about 2 p.m. local time in or near an Internet cafe in the German capital. Montreal police later confirmed his capture.

Magnotta, 29, is facing five charges in Montreal, including first-degree murder, in the brutal slaying and dismemberment of Jun Lin, a Chinese national who was studying at Concordia University.

Lin’s torso was found packed inside a suitcase on a Montreal curb outside Magnotta’s apartment building last Tuesday. Other body parts, including a hand and foot, were mailed to the offices of political parties in Ottawa.German police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told CBC News that Berlin authorities have arrested Magnotta.

Magnotta, dubbed the "Butcher of Montreal" by European media, was spotted in Paris on the weekend, at a local café and in a hotel.

The Montreal man is wanted in connection with the murder and dismemberment of 33-year-old Chinese student Jun Lin. Parts of Lin's remains were discovered last week after they were sent to the federal Liberal and Conservative parties in Ottawa.Authorities in Canada had issued a countrywide arrest warrant for Magnotta and he was added to Interpol's list of wanted persons. Magnotta faces charges of first-degree murder, committing an indignity on a dead body, publishing obscene material, mailing "obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous" material and criminally harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and several unnamed members of Parliament, police said.

Investigators believe Magnotta initially flew to France from Montreal after committing the murder. Brigitte Kuster, mayor of Paris's 17th district, said Magnotta was caught on surveillance video at a restaurant and possibly a hotel in the city over the weekend.

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