Canada
Jun Lin's father hopes for speedy, open justice

Diran Lin

Credits: JOEL LEMAY/QMI AGENCY

MICHAEL NGUYEN | QMI AGENCY

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.

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