The Canadian Psycho Luka Rocco Magnotta, who allegedly dismembered a Chinese student in Montreal before fleeing to Europe, will appear before a German judge in Berlin, a day after he was arrested. This will begin the first stage in extradition back to Canada.
The hearing will take place on Tuesday behind closed doors as German authorities await a formal request from Canada to extradite Magnotta.
Today the man will be brought before an investigating judge who will confirm his arrest, Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin city prosecutor, told Reuters.
Steltner said officials were arranging a translator and appointing an attorney to represent the 29-year-old suspected killer, the Associated Press reported. However, he did not know when Magnotta would be extradited to Canada.
The legal process is very complicated, he said, reported Reuters.
Magnotta was issued a red notice by Interpol, after they issued a warning in Europe. This is the highest type of warning, and under the Interpol rules, the suspect must be held in custody until his extradition. However, Canada and Germany have a bilateral extradition treaty. This process is thought to be more a formality, reported the AP.
On Monday, Magnotta was arrested in an Internet café in Berlin. The owner of the café recognized him from photos in the newspaper and immediately informed police, reported the Associated Press. The owner of the café said that Magnotta had spent most of the time on the computer searching for details of his manhunt and looking at nude photos of himself on his personal website and his email account.
I wasn't sure if it was him but then I looked at some pictures and thought that is definitely him. He spoke French, said 'monsieur' and wanted to use the internet, cafe owner, Kadir Anlayisli, told Reuters.
He came in with glasses on, he took his glasses off and talked to me in French, Anlayisli told AP. I looked at him and thought I knew him from somewhere, because I read newspapers every day. I was perplexed and thought I should look at him again, and when I watched him, he was checking the same web page that I had just checked.
Police said he did not put up a struggle when he was arrested. He tried to give a fake name to arresting officers, but conceded.
In the end he just said: 'You got me,' said police spokesman Guido Busch told BBC.
Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said that investigators were happy with the arrest and eager for Magnotta to face Canadian court.
We said from the beginning that the web has been used to glorify himself and we believe the web brought him down, he said, the BBC reported. He was recognized because his photo was everywhere.
Magnotta is believed to have arrived in France on May 26. French police had investigated thousands of tips from their citizens. They concluded he could be headed to Germany on a Eurolines coach bus, reported Reuters. They alerted their German counterparts to be on the lookout.
Magnotta faces first-degree murder charges in connection with the grisly videotaped death of 32-year-old Chinese student Jun Lin, Reuters reported. He also reportedly consumed parts of his victim before Lin's dismembered body was found in parcels and mailed to Canada's Conservative and Liberal Party headquarters. Authorities also believe Lin's throat was slashed and that he was stabbed several times by Magnotta before he was decapitated and dismembered. Lin and Magnotta had a prior romantic relationship, the Daily Mail reported.
In a homicide case like this, having images of the crime is very rare, said Lafreniere at a news conference on Friday. Media around the world have circulated his [Magnotta's] photograph, the media have been talking about this ... so I'm very hopeful that all that assistance will help us put him behind bars.
After murdering Lin, authorities claim that Magnotta fled the country. They believed France was his first stop, reported the Daily Mail.
He's obsessed with the Eiffel Tower and the Moulin Rouge and is confident that he can lie low in a country he loves, an unidentified police officer in France said.