'Canadian Psycho' suspect will not challenge extradition

A porn actor dubbed the "Canadian Psycho" for allegedly killing and chopping up another man was taken to a Berlin prison Tuesday after telling a judge he would not fight his extradition from Germany.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, was arrested Monday at a Berlin Internet cafe on suspicion he murdered a 33-year-old Chinese student in Canada last month with an ice pick and hacked apart his body while filming the grisly killing.

"He has been before the judge, who has confirmed the arrest," Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin public prosecutor's office said, the day after Magnotta's capture in the German capital following a days-long global manhunt.

"He said he would not fight the extradition," Steltner added.

The case came to light after body parts were mailed to political party offices in Ottawa, triggering an international search that started in Montreal and shifted to Paris before ending in dramatic fashion in Berlin.

Magnotta was driven to the imposing red-brick Moabit prison in central Berlin in a police van past a dozen or so waiting reporters.

German authorities have asked Canada to provide the necessary documents for Magnotta's extradition.

As soon as they arrive, a judge will rule on sending Magnotta back to Canada, Steltner said ahead of the hearing, adding that the procedure normally takes several days.

"We will see what the extradition process will bring," he said, adding it "will be easier and will be faster" now that Magnotta has said he would not fight it.

He noted, however, that Magnotta could still change his mind.

German police faced little resistance when they picked the suspect up in Neukoelln, a working-class district of the capital, after a tip-off.

He initially tried to give a false identity before conceding simply, "You got me," Steltner said.

A video from the cafe's security camera circulating on German media showed police leading a suspect wearing sunglasses and a dark hooded jacket with his hands handcuffed behind his back out of the cafe.

The cafe owner, Kadir Anlayisli, told German television station NTV: "'That's him,' I said. 100 percent that's him. So I went outside and stopped a police car and said: 'There's someone sitting in there that looks like the porno-killer'."

Before the hearing, Steltner had said there was no evidence the suspect had committed any crime in Germany and that investigators did not know exactly what he was doing in Berlin following his arrival on Friday by bus from Paris.

"Canadian and German authorities are working together and legal representatives too," a spokeswoman for the Canadian embassy in Berlin said, declining further comment.

Initial reports said the victim, Lin Jun, was Magnotta's lover, but Chinese media reports Tuesday quoted Lin's friends as saying they were not in a relationship.

Magnotta, also dubbed the "Butcher of Montreal", has been wanted since last week when Lin's severed hand and foot were sent by mail to Conservative and Liberal party offices.

Lin's torso was found in a suitcase left for garbage collection outside Magnotta's Montreal apartment.

Montreal police said Monday that Magnotta may be responsible for other unsolved crimes.

"When we are faced with this kind of individual, we think of other crimes," police spokesman Ian Lafreniere told reporters.

Interpol had issued a Red Notice wanted-persons alert for Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, to its 190 member countries after a video purportedly showing the gruesome murder surfaced online.

In the video, which Canadian police have reportedly said shows the crime, a man repeatedly stabs another man with an ice pick and dismembers him, as a song from the soundtrack of the film "American Psycho" plays in the background.

Canadian investigators said Magnotta boarded a France-bound plane on May 26 in Montreal.

Two passengers who said they sat next to him on the six-hour flight told French radio he had appeared nervous and was crying.

"He was nervous during the flight. He was clearly hiding his face," one passenger said.

"At one he point he disappeared and I got worried -- we're all a bit paranoid on flights -- and I thought, 'He's put a bomb in the toilets.'"

With the help of Magnotta's cell phone signal, police traced him to a hotel in the Parisian suburb of Bagnolet, a French police source said.

The hunt then turned Monday to an international bus station in Paris where video surveillance footage showed he had boarded a bus to Germany.

Magnotta travelled to Berlin from Paris under a false name, Tramell, French police said.

Catherine Tramell was the main character in the 1992 film "Basic Instinct". Played by Sharon Stone, she uses an ice pick to murder a lover.

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