Taxpayers footing $375K to bring home suspected killer Luka Magnotta

Luka Magnotta is taken into protective custody at Mirabel Airport, Montreal, Canada on June 19, 2012. AP Photo

MONTREAL – Canadian taxpayers are footing the bill for a very expensive extradition flight.

Defence Department documents show it cost $375,000 to bring back suspected killer Luka Magnotta from Germany aboard one of its Polaris Airbus transport planes — an aircraft fit for the prime minister.

Berlin police arrested Magnotta in early June, ending an international manhunt following the murder and dismemberment of Chinese national Jun Lin in Montreal.

The price tag for Magnotta’s journey home included flight expenses, catering service and a hotel stay for the authorities who fetched him from Germany.

At the time, a Montreal police official said commercial airlines had declined requests to transport Magnotta across the Atlantic.

Magnotta is facing several charges in connection with the gruesome slaying, including first-degree murder.

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The 30-year-old one time porn actor has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

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