Canada adds charges for dismemberment murder suspect

Sat Jun 2, 2012 7:31pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - An arrest warrant for a Canadian accused of murdering an acquaintance, dismembering his body and posting a video of the gruesome crime online lists four charges besides that of first-degree murder, according to documents posted online on Saturday.

The documents, posted by CBC News, said police also wanted to charge Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, with indignities to a body, publishing and mailing obscene matter, and harassing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.

The first hint of the crime came when a severed foot was mailed to the headquarters of Harper's Conservative Party. Soon afterward, a hand was intercepted in the mail in Ottawa, and a torso found in an abandoned suitcase close to Magnotta's Montreal apartment.

Other body parts are still missing.

Police have issued an international arrest warrant for Magnotta, who has a long Internet trail as a porn star, an escort and someone who allegedly smothered kittens and posted the videos online.

A blog posting authored by someone with the same name gives detailed advice for a person who wants to disappear, including comments on how to mislead people who are looking for you.

Montreal police have said Magnotta left Canada for Europe after the murder, but they do not know if is still there or returned to Canada.

They have named the victim as Jun Lin, 32, a student from China, and say the two men knew each other. Police said Lin died on May 24 or May 25.

The warrant did not name Lin.   Continued...