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Federal judge in SA rules Canadian murder suspect will be extradited

Ager Hasan, 24, arrested in Texas 3 months after alleged crime

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SAN ANTONIO – A Canadian man who reportedly admitted online that he killed his ex-girlfriend while he was driving across the United States will be sent back to Canada to face charges.

Ager Hasan, 24, was arrested in San Antonio July 11, a little more than three months after Melinda Vasilije was stabbed to death in her home in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The couple dated for about a year and broke up some time before April 3. Hasan was accused of breaking into Vasilije's home and assaulting her roommate and brother. Hasan was not supposed to contact Vasilije or the victims. Court records said video showed Hasan at Vasilije's home April 28 -- the night she was killed.

Canadian investigators believe Hasan posted to Reddit, a news and web content aggregating site and discussion platform. The widely reported post, which was made on May 2 and later removed, described the killing as a case of self-defense.

Police said Hasan was in contact with them on WhatsApp Messenger, telling them on May 7 that he wanted to turn himself in, but "he wanted investigators to offer him a plea deal first. He has stated several times in these communications that he does not want to be arrested by U.S. law enforcement."

On July 11, the U.S. Secret Service was conducting a counterfeit investigation and arrested Hasan. At the time, they did not know Hasan was wanted for murder.

U.S. prosecutors asked a federal judge to extradite Hasan to Canada. Wednesday, a judge ruled to grant the request and deny a request by Hasan's attorney for bail. It was not clear when Hasan would be transferred.

Hasan faces charges of second-degree murder; break and enter; failure to comply with recognizance, and failure to attend court.

 


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