Canada Suspect in Body Parts Case Faces Hearing

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By PHIL COUVRETTE and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press

MONTREAL (AP) — A Canadian porn actor accused of dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing his body parts faces his first hearing Tuesday after returning to Canada under very tight security from Germany, where he was arrested.

Luka Magnotta is suspected of killing Jun Lin, who was studying computer science at Concordia University, and sending his feet and hands to Canada's top political parties and two schools. The head is still missing. Police said they would ask Magnotta where it is.

Investigators say Magnotta, 29, also posted a video online showing him having sex with the dismembered corpse. A second, unedited version of the video seen by police shows him eating parts of the body.

[Police: Notes Found in Body Parts Packages.]

Marie-Elaine Ladouceur of Montreal police said Magnotta was expected to appear before a judge via videoconference from a detention center Tuesday afternoon. Rene Verret of Quebec's prosecutors' office said Magnotta's lawyer is still not known.

Ladouceur said Magnotta will be formally arraigned on charges that will include first-degree murder, defiling a corpse, threatening the prime minister and using the mail system for delivering "obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous" material.

A convoy of police vehicles with flashing lights rolled out to meet Magnotta at Mirabel airport just outside Montreal on Monday. Half a dozen men escorted him down the stairs of the military plane and into a minivan. Armed guards stood by. A handcuffed Magnotta said nothing.

Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere called the Canadian military flight an extraordinary measure but said there was no way they were going to bring him back on a commercial flight.

"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. He added that he was hoping Magnotta would reveal where the head is, for the sake of the victim's family.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday that China was monitoring developments and hoped that there would be justice to give "the victim a result that can have him rest in peace."

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

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

Magnotta fled Canada before the killing was discovered, spent a few days partying in Paris before moving on to Berlin, where he was eventually caught earlier this month as he read stories about himself at an Internet cafe.

The case was discovered 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.

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

About a week later, the missing foot and hand were found mailed to two schools in Vancouver. Police said notes were included in most of the packages but declined to say what they said.

Yan Shi of the Concordia Chinese Students Association said Lin's family remains in Montreal, but he hasn't heard any reaction from them to Magnotta's return. The family traveled to Canada from China upon learning of Lin's death.

Police said Magnotta and Lin, 33, were in a relationship.

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Gillies reported from Toronto. Associated Press Writers Geir Moulson in Berlin and Didi Tang in Beijing contributed to this report.

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