Bail granted to owner of ‘Best Gore’ website, after facing charge connected to Montreal murder
Published Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:17PM MDT Last Updated Thursday, July 18, 2013 6:37PM MDT
The man facing a charge related to the case of the grisly murder of a student in Montreal last summer appeared in an Edmonton courtroom Thursday on bail.
In court, Mark Marek, 38, was granted $7,500 cash bail Thursday.
Marek appeared in court via closed-circuit television from the Edmonton Remand Centre.
The Crown Prosecutor opposed bail for Marek, saying he had withdrawn $18,000 in cash, which he had on him when he was arrested, but that he had no fixed address in Edmonton.
Prosecutor Julie Roy said that in the interview with police, Marek said he wanted to return to his home country of Slovakia.
The development came after police announced Marek charged with corrupting morals – investigators believe he knowingly posted a video allegedly showing the grisly murder of Lin Jun in May 2012 on the website he owns, called Best Gore.
Police in Montreal, where the man was killed and dismembered, have accused Luka Magnotta of killing Lin.
The gruesome murder made headlines, as its alleged Magnotta sent the victim’s body parts to a number of different places in Canada.
Investigators in Edmonton believe Magnotta sent Marek the video that ended up online.
However, Marek's one-time lawyer said he posted the video in question as a public service, to find out if it was real - and the video was removed from the website eight days later - his lawyer also confirmed Marek had wanted to visit family in eastern Europe in September.
A number of bail conditions for Marek are also in place, including refraining from using the internet, and he must maintain an address in Edmonton, he's not allowed to have a cellphone, plus, his passport has been surrendered.
The maximum sentence for corrupting morals is two years behind bars.
Marek's next court appearance has been scheduled for August 1.
With files from David Ewasuk