Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Highlight Of 2013!

First, saya dapat jumpa Fynn Jamal and her superstar, super cute adorable baby, Bakti Arjuna Fitri! Kak Fynn suruh datang dekat their Adam Western Restaurant at Kota Seriemas. Brought them some gifts, little La Prairie's fragrances and some Patchi chocolates. Dapat dukung si kecik Juna nuna yang padat and hyper eventhough dia cranky sikitttt je sebab dia penat kot.

And last weekend, it was the F1 Sepang Grand Prix weekend at the Sepang International Circuit. Papa jadi marshall lagi. On Saturday pergi dengan kakak and second day pergi dengan mama sebab kakak kena kerja. Terserempak dengan si dodol, Shac. Cath up a lil, and borak sampai habis. As usual if pergi F1 memang pergi agak berseri seri. By the time nak balik memang macam tahi rasanya. Dengan melekit bagai hahahah! But it was all good though. We all had fun!

And then, yea Kimora Lee Simmons was there. Since the F1 red carpet and then she was at the race, and on Monday, she had a meet & greet session sempena the launch of Luxury Channel at Starhill Gallery. I was supposed to go, but since saya kerja zombie shift, by the time masa saya sepatutnya bangun dan bersiap, saya tak bangun la confirm. Haha menganga aje tengok gambar org lain at first. 

But thennn.. 

Yesterday, I managed to catch her at the airport. And I brought her a gift that she really liked. It was a classy Bvlgari face mirror and she was like "I love it! I'm gonna keep this forever and take it with me in my purse wherever I go!" And then mama pun jumpa dia and Kimora told mom about me and the mirror and all! 
She was so late for her flight but still managed to take my hand and jalan jalan luar KLIA just to find better angles, better lighting. And once in the gate, she took photos with mom and her friends. She's just that,.... COOOL!!!
She rocks!

Ok here are some of the pictures from the Juna meet up, F1 and Kimora!

With Bakti Arjuna Fitri aka Juna Nuna ;)


With my sister and Shac at F1 Malaysian GP


With my mom at F1 Malaysian GP


Formula 1 Malaysian GP


With Kimora Lee Simmons H


Kimora Lee Simmons H


Mom and Kimora Lee Simmons

Friday, March 22, 2013

My 2nd Cooking Attempt/Percubaan Memasak Saya Kali Ke-2

My pan fried dory. Hehehe told ya, it's kind of a big deal for me because cooking has never been my kinda thing before.
Tak pandai masak. Rasanya bukan tak minat. Tak pandai and before this tak peduli sangat nak belajar. 
But ini ikan yang saya masak, seriously sedap! It was quite an honor to have my sister yang pandai gila masak habiskan ikan ni last night :)
Even mama pun sambil try, siap angguk2 sambil cakap "Hmmmm... notttt baddddd at all for first attempt on fish dish.." Hahah... Oh and yes, I made that creme sauce sendiri okay! HAHAHAH BELAJAR! 

Next..... SALMON pulak! Wish me luck!

...it is never late to learn..

Luka Magnotta: hearing adjourns until April 8

MONTREAL — The preliminary hearing of Luka Magnotta, charged with the first-degree murder of Concordia University student Jun Lin, has adjourned until April 8.
Over the past nine days, 25 witnesses have testified in Quebec Court at the Montreal courthouse in the high-profile case that has also drawn numerous curious observers, including law students, a retired psychiatric nurse and tourists from Paris and Toronto. Onlookers lined up early every day in order to snag one of the 15 seats reserved for the public. Another nine seats were set aside for journalists.
Details of the testimony can’t be reported because of a court-ordered publication ban, a normal procedure during a preliminary hearing, which is held to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.
Thursday, four witnesses from Ottawa testified, including Chantal Pombert and Theresa Kelm, detectives with the Ottawa police force, Geneviève Benoît, an inspector with Canada Post, and Jenni Byrne, director of political operations for the Conservative Party of Canada.
Magnotta, 30, faces four charges in connection with the May 25 death of 33-year-old Chinese national Jun Lin, including causing an indignity to a body, producing and distributing obscene material and sending obscene material through the postal system. He was arrested June 6 in an Internet café in Berlin and brought back to Canada on a private flight.
This week, Magnotta wiped his eyes often and collapsed in court after a video was shown. Lin’s father was in court periodically when the hearing got underway, but was absent this week.
When the hearing resumes for another week April 8, witnesses from Vancouver and Europe are to testify via video conference.
Once all the evidence has been presented, Quebec Court Judge Lori-Renée Weitzman will rule on whether the case can be sent to trial. If so, Magnotta will be tried in Quebec Superior Court by a judge and jury.

smontgomery@montrealgazette.com@MontgomerySue

Senior Harper aide testifies at Luka Magnotta hearing

Add Conservative party staffer Jenni Byrne walks between party headquarters and the Langevin building in Ottawa, Wednesday May 30, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 1:05PM EDT

MONTREAL -- A senior confidante to Prime Minister Stephen Harper has testified at the preliminary hearing in a gruesome killing-and-dismemberment case.
Jenni Byrne has held various high-ranking roles under the Harper Tories and is now the director of political operations for the Conservative Party of Canada.
She testified in a Montreal courtroom this morning at the hearing for Luka Rocco Magnotta.

Her brief appearance came as a group of Ottawa-based witnesses were being heard today. Two Ottawa police officers and a Canada Post inspector also testified this morning.
Evidence presented at the preliminary hearing is subject to a publication ban.
Today is the ninth day of the preliminary hearing. It is expected to adjourn later today and pick up again on April 8.
Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Parasitas 2.0

Finish what you guys have started, DUDES!

"Sebaik, semulia malaikat. Sekeji, sejahanam iblis!"


Dalam berpuluh tahun aku disini, aku kenal erti hidup, aku kenal realiti, aku berpijak di bumi nyata ni; sumpah, dah terlalu banyak rupa manusia aku dah jumpa. Terlalu banyak ragam manusia aku selisih. Nak kata terlalu banyak hati yang aku dah kenal, agak payah. Sebab hati orang kita tak tahu.


Aku dah membesar dengan macam-macam dugaan. Dari mula aku mengeluh, tiba hari umur semakin meningkat, aku belajar erti 'dugaan'. Aku belajar erti 'sabar'. Aku belajar erti 'redha'. Aku belajar erti 'persahabatan'. Aku belajar erti 'fitnah'. Aku belajar erti 'realiti'. Dan yang paling penting aku belajar erti 'belajar'.


Kadang-kadang aku pelik dengan yang kononnya manusia, yang mulut berupa tahik ni.


Orang bilang;


1) mulut tempayan boleh ditutup, tapi mulut orang agak tak boleh nak dikawal

2) kadang kala kita tak boleh salahkan orang bercerita bila hakikatnya kita yang terus menghidangkan bahan untuk mereka gorengggg! ahah. Untuk mereka jadikan buah mulut, untuk dijaja, buat mereka rasa mereka itu power, terror sebab simpan banyak info dan dalam hal aku, mungkin lebih ngam dilabelkan sebagai 'gossip'.


Tapi, macam mana pulak kalau orang yang kita tak kacau, tak habis habis dok reka cerita yang macam haram jadah pasal kita, dan tak cukup tu, dengan bangga dan riak nya pergi menjaja. Ya, bila kena batang hidung aku, aku mampu senyum. Aku mampu ucap 'Alhamdulillah'. Tapi bohong lah kalau aku cakap dalam hati ni tak terdetik walau seinci rasa hampa, rasa sakit, rasa redha dlm keadaan melawan sakit hati tu daripada menakluk hati aku, jangan dihitamkan hati aku. Lawan hati untuk jangan sampai ada walau sekelumit pun rasa benci untuk mereka ini yang sama umat manusia macam aku. Sama kerdil di dunia ini, macam aku. Siapa aku untuk menghukum mereka? Siapa aku?


Ya, aku adalah BUKAN sesiapa. Untuk menilai, lebih lebih lagi menghukum.


Pernah aku sampai cuba macam macam cara demi untuk membuktikan yang cerita cerita tu semua sangat jauh dari yang benar. Demi menegakkan keadilan aku. Takkan aku dengar orang main boh pasal aku, aku nak duduk dengar je sambil goyang kaki korek hidung kan?


Orang cakap, "Sabar. Biar orang buat kita asalkan kita tak buat orang cukup lah." "Allah tu adil. Nanti kena balasan Allah lagi bertimpal."


Hakikatnya aku bukan malaikat. Jauh sangat untuk dibandingkan sebegitu, jauh sangat untuk aku rasa layak dikatakan begitu. Ya aku sedar. Hakikatnya aku bukan malaikat dan aku hanya manusia biasa. Manusia yang punya hati. Ada perasaan. Bisa tersungkur. Bisa marah. Bisa sakit. Bisa menangis. Aku manusia. Masih ada deria rasa, Alhamdulillah aku cukup nikmat Allah dari segi fizikal. "Biar Allah balas." Jujur cakap, aku sendiri tak nak, dan mintak jauh Na'uzubillah minzaliq dari sifat itu. Dari menjadi manusia yang mendoakan kecelakaan orang lain tak kira apa sekalipun yang orang buat pada aku. Tak kira macam mana sakit hati aku rasa bila dianiaya.


Memandangkan aku bukan malaikat, aku ada hati, aku mampu marah. Sebenarnya kalau nak diikutkan hati dan amarah aku, dah lama dah tangan aku jejak muka kau, kau, kau dan kau! Apa? Aku berlagak kuat? Tak berlagak kuat. Mungkin tak sakit pun korang kena tangan aku ni. Tapi cukup untuk puaskan hati dan amarah. Takkan aku nak cakap, "kalau aku dapat muka korang, memang aku bagi pecah!" Eh tak. Aku pun tau aku tak sekuat tu dan tak sebangang itu/


Tapi sekali sekala, pandang lah sikit diri sendiri. Cuba nilai diri sendiri sebelum sibukkan diri membuang masa ambil tahu pasal aku, bercakap pasal aku. Hebat sangat ke aku ni? Aku tak cari hal pun dengan korang. Apa salah besar sangat aku dekat korang? Ni soalan, kalau aku tanya and kalau setakat korang nak bagi jawapan guna cerita rekaan dan dongeng korang tu memang pergi mampus la kan.


Aku hidup bukan nak senangkan hati korang. Aku ada Allah, aku ada mak bapak. Bukan korang yang jaga makan pakai aku. Seumur hidup ni la pertama kali aku kenal manusia macam korang. Yang hidup sendiri tak terjaga, sibuk selak perihal hidup orang lain. Mak bapak ada kan? Tuhan ada kan? Aku tak baik mana, tapi sekurang kurangnya aku sedar.


Wahai lelaki lelaki yang bermulut betina. Korang semua pengecut. Buktinya adalah semua cakap belakang je pandai. Depan aku punya lah baik. Siap mintak tolong, bodohkan aku yang lurus ni. Siap bagitahu dekat orang betapa lurus bendul nya aku. Jadi sebab tu la kau boleh senang senang aniaya aku? Dan ANDAI lah ada antara korang terbaca ni, aku yakin salah sorang yang memang aku dah lali sangat la dan dah boleh baca gerak geri dia ni akan tung tang tung tang hentam dekat Twitter, FB status. Ya, LELAKI. Apa lagi perkataan yang sesuai untuk lelaki macam ni melainkan PE-NGE-CUT?


Sekali je, sekali sementara aku hidup ni, aku harapkan satu masa dimana bila kau rasa ada benda nak cakap pasal aku, apa kata cakap depan muka aku? Atau mungkin kau ni memang gila glamour, perlu kan audience, ya panggil mereka. Sekali ada aku. Cakap apa kau nak cakap. Tak adil lah kan kalau kau kononnya jauh lebih tahu pasal aku dibandingkan dengan diri aku sendiri.

Tak adillah kalau main cakap belakang, di mana aku tak ada untuk mempertahankan kebenaran untuk diri aku?

Macam mana kisah hidup aku yang kau ceritakan tu ada yang aku sendiri tak ingat dan sangat yakin yang aku tak pernah tempuh eh?


Aku pernah hilang ingatan ke?


Sekarang. Aku cabar korang. Lagi baik kalau semua semua tiba tiba dah datang balik kejantanan tu. Tak aku bukan nak buat pertandingan "MULUT SIAPA LEBIH BETINA?" Itu macam, awal awal lagi aku surrender. Korang paling power, memang tiada syakwasangka lagi.


Confrontation.

 Like adults would do?


DUA antara korang paling tahap kritikal.




Table talk mari

Christie Blatchford: Luka Magnotta’s distress is only ‘alleged,’ but tears are real for father of Lin Jun

Christie Blatchford | 13/03/19 | Last Updated: 13/03/19 7:28 PM ET

When I heard that Luka Magnotta had collapsed Tuesday in the prisoner’s box at the Montreal courtroom where his preliminary hearing was underway, I was unaccountably enraged.
While video evidence was being played, Mr. Magnotta apparently had held a hand over his mouth, as if ill, sat with his eyes closed, as if pained, and at one point appeared to be wiping away tears.
Then he asked for a break, and when the judge agreed, he stood up and fell to the floor, crumpled into the fetal position.
‘‘You might want to make room for an ambulance,’’ the Crown prosecutor, Louis Bouthillier, told guards outside the courtroom. ‘‘Somebody’s collapsed.’’
Court adjourned for the day.

The prelim is in its second week, its purpose to determine if there’s sufficient evidence to send the 30-year-old Mr. Magnotta on to trial.
I was there four days last week, including the day that Lin Diran, the father whose only son, Lin Jun, was murdered and dismembered last May, had to be led from the courtroom by the family lawyer, Dan Urbas.
That broken father was the very picture of dignity.
Told to brace himself for what he was about to see in court, as prepared as a parent could be, he broke into muffled sobs and then basically, and very quietly, fell into the arms of Mr. Urbas.

Now, Mr. Magnotta is of course presumed to be innocent and so he remains, unless and until a jury finds him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
But Mr. Lin is not equally presumed to have lost a son; he did lose one. Bits and pieces of his kid’s body were mailed across the country, recovered incrementally. The only question is who did it.
Yet one day last week, an alert reader notified me that with the online version of one of my stories, the caption accompanying a photo of Mr. Lin referred to him as the “father of the alleged victim.”
There’s no allegation about Lin Jun’s death, nor is he an alleged victim. The international student from China didn’t pass away of natural causes at the age of 33. He was slaughtered.
There is a publication ban upon the evidence being heard at this prelim, as there is for most. Journalists don’t usually cover preliminary hearings for that reason. They are being necessarily and properly careful about what they report from this one.
In addition, Mr. Magnotta’s lead lawyer, Luc Leclair of Toronto, has taken an aggressive approach to the coverage of the hearing.
First, he wanted it closed completely to all but the lawyers and court officials, and a ban even on the arguments about why he said it should be secret. Quebec Court Judge Lori-Renee Weitzman dismissed that.
Almost as soon as she finished delivering the ruling, Mr. Leclair was on his feet again to ask that she expand the normal pub ban to include even descriptions of Mr. Magnotta.
The judge declined, but Mr. Leclair, at least throughout most of last week, persisted to ask, in vain, almost daily that frills be added to broaden the ban.
The effect has been to render the journalists covering the hearing understandably nervous; thus, I suspect, the “alleged victim” reference of last week, the notion being that if the media throw in a sufficient number of “allegeds” into any given report, Mr. Leclair won’t be yapping at their heels.
Once last week, some reporters excitedly noticed that Mr. Magnotta appeared to be crying. I was sitting close to him, with a good view through the glass of the prisoner’s box where he sits. I too noticed that he was making wiping-type motions with his hand; I will leave it at that.
Over years in the criminal courts, I have learned that sometimes, people cry, and sometimes, they merely appear to be crying. It’s why I usually have binoculars with me, though I didn’t this day.
There is a world of difference between the collapse of a grieving father whose son was murdered and dismembered and the collapse of the fellow who is accused of doing those things to him.
In the lingo we all apparently have adopted, Mr. Lin’s distress was real and he earned it in the most horrid imaginable way; Mr. Magnotta’s was alleged.

Postmedia News, with files from Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press
cblatchford@postmedia.com



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Luka Magnotta Collapsed In Courtroom

MONTREAL - Luka Rocco Magnotta collapsed in court during his preliminary hearing while appearing distraught by the evidence presented against him Tuesday.

The notorious suspect in a killing-and-dismemberment case was suddenly lying on his right side, crumpled into a fetal position.

He was still handcuffed and shackled.

"You might want to make room for an ambulance," the Crown prosecutor, Louis Bouthillier, told the guards outside the courtroom.

"Somebody's collapsed."

His lawyers came to check in on him, and gazed at Magnotta across the glass-enclosed defendant's box in the special high-security courtroom where the case is being heard.

The episode happened while Magnotta took in evidence in the gruesome case, whose content is temporarily subject to a publication ban.

The evidence could be made public, if the case goes to trial.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Magnotta left in an ambulance. What was announced, however, was that Magnotta would not be back in court for the 2 p.m. afternoon session and the hearing was suspended for the rest of the day.

"He really doesn't feel well and he's not able to continue," his lawyer Luc Leclair told the judge.

Judge Lori-Renee Weitzman said they could not continue without Magnotta present and ordered the case suspended until Wednesday morning.

Leclair said he believes his client will be fine with a little bit of rest.

During the morning segment Magnotta had held his hand over his mouth, as if he felt ill. His eyes were closed for much of the session.

The 30-year-old suspect appeared to wipe away tears, behind his glasses, several times. His head remained down while one particular piece of evidence was presented.

About 10 minutes into that part of the hearing, Magnotta turned to the bailiff next to him and asked him to convey a request for a break.

The bailiff raised his finger for permission to speak and asked the judge for a five-minute pause. The judge agreed to an extended break for lunch.

That's when Magnotta stood up and collapsed to the floor.

He is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Concordia University engineering student from China.

Magnotta is also facing four other charges relating to the case.

He is accused of dismembering Lin and mailing parts of his body across Canada, before leading police on an international manhunt. Magnotta was ultimately arrested in Germany.

Lin's parents were not in the courtroom Tuesday morning. His father has attended the preliminary hearing at times but has not stayed in the courtroom when the most graphic evidence has been heard.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ira.

Know what, it's been exactly 25 days since my bestfriend Ira passed away. When i was at the hospital, when everyone including me was at the hospital when it seemed like she was fighting to live when it was just the machine, I cried too much. Until I fall asleep, until I got awaken by the news that she's gone. I cried too much.

When I came back to work, and live my life in this 25 days, I've kinda forgotten that she's gone. But every now and then, when I got slapped back into reality, there was a voice in me that reminded me, "Ira dah tak ada.." And then all those flashbacks came to my mind. Her laughter, her voice.. Her husky voice calling my name.

The next day, I'll be doing the same old thing. Working, hanging out with my friends. I laughed, I talk alot (as always),.. And then one time when I get to be alone again, it strucked me. Shit, I've actually lost a bestfriend. A good friend.

Truth is. It's hard for me to believe that she's gone. I mean I had a whatsapp conversation with her the week earlier and we were supposed to meet up. And like, all of a sudden she's gone? It can't be.
Please don't get me wrong. I'm not doubting God, fate or death. It's just.
So unexpected.

And yes. Whatever it is, nothing could change the fact that she's gone. She's really gone. Al-Fatihah. Ira aku rindu kau....

Experts testify at Luka Magnotta preliminary hearing

SUE MONTGOMERY, The Gazette : Monday, March 18, 2013 1:20 PM

MONTREAL – The preliminary hearing for Luka Magnotta continued Monday with four experts testifying, including a forensic pathologist and a dentist.

Magnotta, 30, faces several charges in connection with the death of Chinese exchange student Lin Jun last May.

Magnotta sat in the prisoner’s box Monday, his eyes closed as documents were shown on a screen.

He was arrested June 6 in Berlin and brought back to Montreal, where he was charged with producing and distributing obscene material, desecrating a corpse, murder, and harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament.

Several people, including law students, showed up to watch the proceedings, now in its second week.

None of the details of the testimony can be published because of a court-ordered publication ban.
 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Live From The Courtroom





U.K. journalist called to testify at Luka Magnotta hearing

By ,QMI Agency
First posted: | Updated:  


MONTREAL - The British journalist who once interviewed accused killer Luka Magnotta testified at his preliminary hearing Thursday.
Alex West, from The Sun in London, interviewed the former small-time porn actor in December 2011 while the Canadian was living in Britain.
A story on the interview appeared in the tabloid about five months before Chinese student Jun Lin was killed and cut to pieces in Montreal.
The 30-year-old Toronto-area native faces charges including first-degree murder and indignity to a human body.
On Thursday, Crown attorney Louis Bouthillier asked the British reporter a question at which point the witness looked directly at Magnotta, who was seated in the prisoners' box.
There was no reaction from the defendant, who wore a burgundy T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.
His lawyer, Luc Leclair, raised an objection three minutes into West's testimony.
A second objection a few minutes later, over a piece of evidence, led to a mid-morning delay in the testimony.
West and the British newspaper were represented by a lawyer in Quebec court.
The body-parts case drew international attention last June when Magnotta fled to France and Germany before he was arrested and brought back to Canada.
The British reporter who took the stand Thursday is one of several journalists who are covering the preliminary hearing for foreign media.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

One Lawyer Short

Luka Magnotta's preliminary hearing continues today after it took another emotional turn on Wednesday when one of the defence lawyers stepped down.

Lead defence lawyer Luc Leclair told the court one of his Toronto-based colleagues, Raphael Feldstein, would remove himself from the case after the Crown raised the issue about a possible conflict of interest.

The details of the alleged conflict, as with other evidence discussed during the proceedings, are covered by a publication ban.

On Wednesday, Judge Lori-Renée Weitzman asked defence lawyer Leclair and his colleagues to consider the conflict of interest issue.

After a break, Leclair only managed to say a few words before falling back into his chair and breaking down in tears.

The judge ordered bailiffs to clear the courtroom so Leclair could collect himself.

Magnotta still has two other lawyers defending him — Toronto-based Leclair and Montreal criminal attorney Pierre Panaccio.

Still emotional, Leclair thanked Feldstein for his spirit and assistance.

The three-week hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send Magnotta to trial.

With files from The Canadian Press

Member of Luka Magnotta's legal team withdraws

The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013 6:46PM EDT


MONTREAL -- Luka Rocco Magnotta's legal team will continue one lawyer short after an attorney stepped down on Wednesday. Raphael Feldstein announced he would remove himself from the case after the Crown raised the issue about a possible conflict of interest.
The details of the alleged conflict, as with other evidence being heard during the preliminary hearing, are covered by a publication ban.

Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying last May of Jun Lin, a Concordia University engineering student from China. He is also facing four other charges related to the case.
Feldstein withdrew voluntarily in the afternoon before both sides could debate the matter further.
Magnotta still has two other lawyers defending him -- Toronto-based Luc Leclair and Montreal criminal attorney Pierre Panaccio.
The preliminary hearing heard from three more police witnesses during a third day of hearings at the Montreal courthouse.
Magnotta wore glasses, a black sweater and jeans as he sat impassively listening to witnesses.
Lin's father, who left the courtroom in tears on Tuesday, did not return Wednesday. A lawyer for the family says he may return later in the week.
The three-week hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send Magnotta to trial.
A publication ban on evidence heard at this stage is automatic when requested by the defence. It remains in effect until either the case against Magnotta is dropped or until the end of an eventual trial.
The hearing continues on Thursday.



Lin Jun's father absent from courthouse


Lin Jun’s father, Lin Diran, is helped from a courtroom at the Montreal courthouse on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, after he became emotional during testimonay at the preleminary hearing in the Luka Magnotta case.


MONTREAL - Lin Jun’s father was absent from court on Wednesday morning when Luka Magnotta’s preliminary hearing resumed at the Montreal courthouse.
Lin’s father left the court in tears on Tuesday when evidence was shown on a monitor.
Wednesday’s hearing was delayed just before noon to allow the judge to consider whether there is a potential conflict of interest on the defence team. Arguments will be heard this afternoon. The media is unable to report on the details of the possible conflict because there is a publication ban on anything that deals with the evidence.
Magnotta has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of Lin last May. He is also charged with mailing body parts across the country and publishing obscene material. He was apprehended at an Internet café in Berlin last June after an international manhunt.
Several law students for the Université du Québec à Montréal turned up because they wanted to see what type of defence Magnotta’s lawyer will mount.
Luc Leclair, Magnotta’s lawyer, argued Monday that the media and public should be excluded from the courtroom because of the high-profile nature of the case.
On Tuesday, Judge Lori-Renée Weitzman issued a publication ban preventing the media from reporting on evidence presented at the preliminary hearing. However, Weitzman decided to allow the public and the media to attend the hearing.

Live Updates From The Courtroom


Daniele Hamamdjian from CTV News






Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Translator can't get too close to Luka Magnotta

MONTREAL - A translator was prepared to spend weeks whispering into accused killer Luka Magnotta's ear during his first-degree murder trial, but security officials wouldn't allow it.
Courthouse officials insisted the French-to-English translator be separated by glass from Magnotta for security reasons.
The scene played out Tuesday morning at a preliminary hearing in a highly-secured courtroom usually reserved for biker mega-trials.
Magnotta's trial is in English but a Montreal forensic detective, subpoenaed by the Crown, testified in French.
The court hired a man to offer what's called "whisper translation," which would have required that he sit right next to Magnotta.
Security officials refused, opting instead to have a technician rig a microphone and headset system leading from Magnotta's box to an adjacent enclosure.
The testimony continued Tuesday, with a 2.5-metre wall of glass and steel separating Magnotta from the translator.

BRIAN DALY | QMI AGENCY

Judge rules public, media can attend Luka Magnotta's preliminary hearing | CTV News

 News video :



Updates

From inside the courtroom

First witness takes stand at Luka Magnotta preliminary hearing

A Montreal police investigator took the stand Tuesday at the preliminary hearing of Luka Rocco Magnotta, the man accused of killing and dismembering a Chinese student last year.
Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lin Jun, a Chinese-born national who was studying engineering in Montreal. As he was on Monday, Lin's father Daran was in the courtroom Tuesday, accompanied by a translator.
Michel Bourque, a major crimes investigator and the lead detective in the case, is the first witness to speak at the proceedings. However, the details of his testimony cannot be revealed as they are subject to a publication ban.
Alleged killer Luka Rocco Magnotta is seen in court in an artist drawing in Montreal, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. (Mike McLaughlin / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Bourque’s testimony, given in French, was translated by an interpreter into English for Magnotta, who sat handcuffed and shackled in the courtroom.
“First witness to be called is primary investigator from Montreal Police - #Magnotta often had his eyes fixated on him,” CTV’s Daniele Hamamdjian tweeted from inside the courtroom.
A preliminary hearing is held so evidence in the case can be presented and a judge can decide whether it is sufficient to proceed to trial.
Bourque’s testimony followed a ruling by the presiding judge that media and the public are allowed to attend the hearing. The defence had argued that, with the case garnering international media interest and the widespread reporting of the case online, Magnotta’s right to a fair trial could be compromised.
Judge Lori-Renee Weitzman disagreed, and also dismissed a defence request to broaden the terms of the publication ban. Publication bans are typically imposed for preliminary hearings.
“I don’t think it’s the court’s role to tell the media what specific elements can be published and cannot be published,” Mark Bantey, a lawyer representing the media at the hearing, told reporters. “The code is clear, it refers to evidence, and that is sufficient.”
In addition to first-degree murder, Magnotta faces the following charges:
  • Committing an indignity to a body;
  • Publishing obscene material;
  • Criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and members of Parliament;
  • Mailing obscene and indecent material.
Magnotta, who chose to be tried by a judge and jury, has previously pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Some of Lin's severed body parts were mailed to the Ottawa offices of the Conservative and Liberal parties, and to two Vancouver schools.
More remains were also found at a Montreal park.
Magnotta, originally from Ontario, has been described as a low-budget porn actor. He was born Eric Clinton Kirk Newman before changing his name in 2006.




UNBANNED!!! Sorry Luka!

Judge rejects Luka Magnotta's request to boot public, journalists from hearing

MONTREAL — The preliminary hearing for accused dismemberer Luka Rocco Magnotta got underway Tuesday after he lost a bid to bar the public and media from the courtroom.
Det.-Sgt. Michel Bourque from the Montreal police major crimes unit, testified under a publication ban. Bourque, the chief investigator on the Magnotta case, was questioned by defence lawyer Luc Leclair.
Earlier on Tuesday, Quebec court judge Lori-Renee Weitzman rejected Magnotta's claim that intense media coverage of the former small-time porn actor's arrest and incarceration jeopardizes his right to a fair trial.
She said her publication ban, issued on January 9, protects potential jurors from hearing incriminating information.
"It is nothing short of speculation ... to argue that the publication ban is insufficient to protect the accused's ... rights (to a fair trial)," Weitzman told the packed courtroom as Magnotta sat, shackled and expressionless, in the glass-enclosed prisoners' box.
The judge added: "Our criminal justice system is based on unflinching faith in our juries' ability to follow instructions of the trial judge and to ignore information not presented to them at trial."
Magnotta, 30, is accused of killing and butchering Chinese student Jun Lin last May.
Defence lawyer Luc Leclair wanted the public gallery emptied under a rarely-used provision of the Criminal Code.
Section 537 allows a judge to bar onlookers and media from a courtroom "where it appears to him that the ends of justice will be best served by so doing."
Leclair told the judge Monday that reports about court hearings, high security and even Magnotta's body language and wardrobe could taint the jury pool.
The Toronto native has been in a high-security wing of a Montreal jail since his arrest in Europe last June following a six-day international manhunt.
He faces several charges including first-degree murder and indignity to a human body.
Lin's body parts were mailed out to political parties and two Vancouver schools in a case that made international headlines last spring.
A janitor found Lin's torso in a suitcase outside Magnotta's west-end Montreal apartment.
The victim's head was later found in a Montreal park.
The murder and dismemberment, as well as cannibalistic and necrophilic acts, were filmed and posted to a gore website.
Magnotta was one of the world's most wanted men until Berlin police arrested him at an Internet cafe.
Canadian and world media reported widely on Magnotta's reality-show auditions and alleged torture of small animals.
The Crown plans to call at least 15 witnesses at the preliminary hearing, including forensic experts.
The prosecution is also expected to call police officers from Berlin and Paris, where Magnotta visited before fleeing to Germany.

By ,QMI Agency

Judge rules public, media can attend Luka Magnotta's preliminary hearing

MONTREAL -- A Quebec judge presiding over Luka Rocco Magnotta's preliminary hearing says the public and media will be allowed inside the courtroom.
Quebec court Judge Lori-Renee Weitzman handed down her decision this morning at the Montreal courthouse, denying a defence motion to exclude the public and the media.
Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Jun Lin last May. The preliminary hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence to send him to trial.
Magnotta's preliminary hearing began Monday with a motion presented by the accused's lawyers calling for a closed court.
Preliminary hearings are subject to an automatic publication ban when requested by the defence, but Magnotta's legal team sought an even more stringent ban.
The Crown said the measure was unnecessary and lawyers representing the media and Lin's family say the publication ban was enough.

(Mike McLaughlin / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

More On Luka's Preliminary Hearing

A judge is expected to reveal on Tuesday whether the media and the public will be barred from Luka Magnotta's preliminary hearing.
Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese-born student who was studying engineering at Concordia University in Montreal.
Magnotta is also accused of committing indignities to a human corpse, mailing obscene materials, publishing obscene materials and threatening public officials.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
His lawyers put forward a motion today to keep the preliminary hearing closed to the media and the public.
Magnotta's defence argued that the way Magnotta is being portrayed in the media could bias members of the jury.
A group of lawyers representing several newspapers and broadcasters is arguing against that motion.
They argued that it's important for the justice system to remain transparent to allow the public to understand how the system works.
The judge said she will take the afternoon to review their arguments and give her decision tomorrow morning.

Courtroom full

At least 25 people lined up this morning at the Montreal courthouse, hoping to get a spot in the crowded courtroom. Some journalists had waited in line since 6:30 a.m.
The courtroom was so packed with journalists and members of the public that some of the lawyers representing the media groups were forced to stand.
Magnotta remained expressionless for most of the morning, at one point even closing his eyes.
Jun Lin's father, Diran Lin, was also at the courthouse with an interpreter. He remained silent for most of the proceedings, but left the room at one point when Magnotta craned his neck to look at him.

Luka Rocco Magnotta as he appears for a preliminary hearing Monday in Montreal.

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Jun Lin's father's arrival at the courthouse

Jun Lin's Father Hopes For Speedy, Open Justice

MONTREAL - The father of the man Luka Manotta is accused of killing and butchering is vehemently against a closed courtroom during Magnotta's preliminary hearing, set to begin Monday.
"If the public can not be in the room, if the media can not attend the hearings, how can we know if justice will do its job," Diran Lin, father of victim Jun Lin, who travelled 15,000 km and spent $10,000 to attended the court proceedings, told QMI Agency on Sunday.
He admits not "completely" understanding the Canadian justice system, but Diran Lin believes Magnotta, 30, is "overprotected."
Magnotta is charged with first-degree murder and indignity to a human body in the gruesome case in which Jun Lin, 33, a Chinese exchange student, was cut into pieces last May in Montreal.
Diran Lin said there appears to be a lot of evidence in the case and feels the judicial process seems endless as nine months after an arrest, it's still not clear when the actual trial will begin.
"We respect 100% the judicial system, but at the same time we do not understand," Diran Lin said. "Is this normal? All we hope is that the judge makes the right decision.
"In fact, we would like the process is fast and tight, while remaining fair."
But while expressing some patience, Diran Lin admits he will have to tighten the belt as the judicial process moves along.
Each trip from China is costing the family a lot of money; three plane tickets to Montreal for the family is $10,000 out of their pockets. And they have to pay for lodging and all other expenses related to their stay.
"Considering the difference in cost of living between Montreal and China, it is a lot of money," he said.
And when the trial finally begins, the Lin family will have to suffer further financial hardship.
"Just the ticket price, it brings us the added pressure that we do not need," Diran Lin said..
But even if he does not know where the money for the next trip will come from, Diran Lin to Lin vows to be in court.
It is an obligation, he said, in memory of his son.



Luka Magnotta's Preliminary Hearing Begins

Jun Lin's father, Diran Lin, arrived at the courthouse with an interpreter on Monday. (CBC)
At least 25 people waited in line this morning outside the Montreal courtroom where Luka Magnotta's preliminary hearing was set to begin.
He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese-born student who was studying engineering at Concordia University in Montreal.
Magnotta is also accused of committing indignities to a human corpse, mailing obscene materials, publishing obscene materials and threatening public officials.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
On Monday, Lin's father, Diran Lin, arrived at the courthouse with an interpreter.
Some journalists had been waiting in line since 6:30 a.m. to attend the hearing.

Updated: 1:16 AM Tuesday, March 12, 2013 (MYT) - 1:16 PM Monday, March 11, 2013 (EDT)

Luka Rocco Magnotta is seen in an artist's sketch in a Montreal court today. He sat quietly, with his arms folded in his lap, in a glass box sealed off from the rest of the courtroom.

Monday, March 11, 2013

BLESSED

I am learning to be thankful..
I am being thankful..
I'm trying to learn to wake up every single day and remind myself how thankful I am to be blessed with my family, my friends, I have a job that got me paid every single month, I have my own car, so far I'm healthy, I'm thankful for all the food I'm having, and most of all, I am thankful because no matter how, what, when or where, I know Allah is with me in every single step of my life, every single moment, every single second. Alhamdulillah.

I'm learning never to complain. When avoiding complains, that will link to being thankful. Be it the salty/tasteless dish, a bad day, bad traffic, bitchmouthed people, I accept everything as what it is. And that everything happens for a reason. Not complaining that I'm almost 26 years old yet I'm single when people are getting engaged and married. I don't have a boyfriend, and yet I see all the positive things in it. The brighter side of everything. Allah knows best. He has better plans for me.

I am learning not to blame. People hurt my feelings; I am at fault. I let them. All I have to do is smile, and be very grateful. I learn to set my limits when being with negative people. Trying to mingle with more positive ones.
When late to work, it's not the traffic's fault, it's ME.

Avoid GOSSIPS. If people wanna talk about me, let them do the talking. I'm not gonna do the same, for the peace of my own mind. Avoid gossiping, and avoid listening to gossips.

Be thankful no matter how the world seems to be crashing on me.

Never complain no matter how bad it is.

Never put blames on others.

I'm not perfect, I can never be. But I am still learning to be the best that I can for myself. And for my one and only Creator.

For things that I've not achieved; still climbing my way towards: - DOA, USAHA, TAWAKKAL