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Luka Magnotta Extradited to Canada, Pleads Not Guilty


Luka Rocco Magnotta.

“Canadian Psycho” Luka Magnotta was flown back to Montreal from Berlin on Monday. He made his first court appearance via video-conference on Tuesday, pleading not guilty to all charges.

Authorities have withheld information about Magnotta’s location from the public to avoid protests. Police reported that Magnotta was delivered from Germany on a Canadian military cargo plane because commercial airlines would have required officials to purchase an entire section of seats to avoid seating the accused killer near other passengers.

Magnotta faces five charges: first-degree murder, defiling a corpse, publishing and mailing obscene material, and harrassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of Parliament. Defense attorneys asked the court to appoint an expert to assess Magnotta’s mental fitness before any further proceedings. The case will reconvene on Thursday for the judge to announce his decision. If granted, Magnotta will be sent to an institution for 30 days for a mental evaluation.

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