Crown in Magnotta case wants to question European witnesses

Luka Magnotta's murder case is taking an international twist as the Crown seeks a judge's OK to question witnesses in France and Germany.

Magnotta's trial in the May 2012 death of Concordia University student Jun Lin is scheduled to take place this coming September.

Magnotta left Canada after the alleged murder and went to France and then Germany, where he was arrested in June 2012.

The Crown wants to interview more than 30 witnesses in those two countries.

An attorney who deals with international cases with Quebec's public prosecutions office says there is no legal way to compel witnesses from a foreign country to testify in Canada.

Magnotta's attorney, Luc Leclair, said Friday the witnesses should be brought to Canada on the federal government's dime.

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