Magnotta’s Defense Lawyer Justifies Public Ban at Preliminary Hearing

The highly intense case, which has become an international centre of attention, of a gruesome west-end Montreal homicide has quite expectedly reached a point where a hearing is scheduled to find if the Crown has adequate evidence for bringing Luka Rocco Magnotta to trial.

Mr. Magnotta is accused of first-degree murder and dismembering a Concordia student, Lin Jun, and has now submitted a petition to the Quebec court Judge, Lori-Renée Weitzman, on Monday asking an extremely uncommon request to ban the public from his preliminary hearing. On his behalf, the Defence lawyer, Luc Leclair, asserted that he intends to prevent any sort of information leaks that could harm Mr. Magnotta’s right to a fair trial. 30-years-old Mr. Magnotta has been accused of killing 33-year-old Mr. Lin, a computer engineering student, in May, 2012. Later parts of body were found in a suitcase on the curb near a Montreal apartment building, at a Montreal park, and in the mail at political party offices in Ottawa and elementary schools in Vancouver. The incident prompted an international manhunt leading police to France and Germany, after which he was eventually taken in custody from an internet café in Berlin.

At the hearing Mr. Leclair stated that the routinely observed fair process safeguards, implying the fact that a potential trial is many months away and a blanket ban prevents the publication of any evidence from the preliminary hearing, are insufficient to protect the case due to the case’s extraordinary notoriety.

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