Berlin - Luka Rocco Magnotta, suspected of slaughtering and dismembering a Chinese student, must stay in custody in Germany while his extradition to Canada is decided, a court official said on Wednesday.
Magnotta, dubbed the "Canadian Psycho", "will be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition", Tobias Kaehne, a spokesperson for the court of justice in Berlin, said in a statement.
"Thus the suspect has to stay in custody until the final decision about his extradition is made. The further steps in this matter will be taken by the Attorney General of Berlin and other authorities," Kaehne added.
Magnotta is wanted in Canada on charges of murdering 33-year-old Chinese student Lin Jun, believed at one point to have been his lover.
He allegedly filmed himself on the night of 24-25 May killing Lin with a ice-pick and dismembering the body before sending a foot and a hand to the headquarters of Canadian political parties, including the ruling Conservatives.
Following a 10-day manhunt in Paris and then in Berlin, the 29-year-old Magnotta was picked up in an internet cafe in the German capital looking up online articles about himself.
German authorities said on Friday they hoped the complex extradition process could be completed by the end of June.
Canadian authorities said he will face charges of first-degree murder and committing indignities to a body. He is also expected to be charged with publishing and mailing obscene matter to Canadian politicians.
Police believe Magnotta may have eaten some body parts.