|Luka Rocco Magnotta is escorted off a plane by Montreal police at Mirabel Airport, June 18, 2012. (REUTERS/SPVM/Handout)
MONTREAL - Reporters aren't allowed to relay details of an upcoming preliminary hearing for alleged body-parts killer Luka Magnotta, but he wants journalists barred from the courtroom altogether.
Magnotta's lawyer, Luc Leclair, will push for the ban next Monday under a little-used provision of the Criminal Code.
Section 537 allows a judge to bar onlookers and media from a courtroom "where it appears to him that the ends of justice will be best served by so doing."
The reasons for the ban were censored in a copy of Magnotta's motion.
The request reads: "The grounds for the application are ... the Applicant has a history of (deleted) and is presently taking (deleted)."
Magnotta, 30, a former small-time porn actor, faces several charges including first-degree murder and indignity to a human body after Chinese student Jun Lin was killed and cut into pieces last May.