Thursday, March 14, 2013

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.

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