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Updated: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:15:13 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Best Gore site owner charged over video in Magnotta case

Best Gore site owner charged over video in Magnotta case

The owner of an Edmonton-based website that hosted a video allegedly showing Luka Magnotta stabbing and dismembering Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese national, has been charged with one count of corrupting morals under the Criminal Code.

Edmonton police said Mark Marek, 38, owner of the Best Gore site, was charged Tuesday night after a "complex" investigation lasting more than a year.

"It is alleged that Marek posted the video online in Edmonton, knowing the video that was sent to him by Luka Magnotta was depicting a real murder," said Staff Sgt. Bill Clark in a news release.

Edmonton homicide detectives began investigating the website and video in June 2012, following the slaying of Lin in Montreal.

Magnotta, 29, is suspected of killing Lin, a Chinese university student in Montreal, filming and broadcasting the alleged act, and mailing body parts to Canadian political parties.

Marek said the video came to him from a contributor on May 25, 2012, and was posted the same day. Marek said at the time he and most of the site's members felt the video was real.

Marek is in custody and is expected to seek bail Thursday. More charges may be laid pending further investigations.

In a letter posted on his website Tuesday, Marek said he had spoken with police and was to meet with them Wednesday. He described himself as a target of oppression who will likely be framed by police.

"It didn't sound like the detective was looking to have me sent to jail yet, but I can't be sure of anything," he wrote.

Marek has defended his website's role in the case, saying it provides a public service by educating the public about the dangerous side of human nature.

Under the Criminal Code, anyone who "makes, prints, publishes, distributes, circulates, or has in his possession for the purpose of publication, distribution or circulation any obscene written matter, picture, model, phonograph record or other thing whatever" is guilty of corrupting morals.

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