Ager Hasan will be returned to Canada to face a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth S. Chestney has approved the Canadian government’s request to have Hasan extradited.
Hasan has been in custody in Texas since July, when he was pulled over by U.S. Secret Service agents investigating a counterfeit currency case.
Prior to that, he had been on the lam for nearly three months. It is believed he crossed into the U.S. on April 28, around the time 22-year-old Melinda Vasilije was found dead in her apartment on Country Hill Drive in Kitchener.
Court documents filed in the U.S. suggest that Hasan and Vasilije had recently broken up, that Hasan was not taking the split well, and that Hasan was seen at Vasilije’s apartment around the time of her death.
Chestney’s ruling allowing Hasan to be extradited contains a number of details about the case against Hasan that had never before been made public.
According to her ruling, investigators believe Vasilije was stabbed more than 30 times. A steak knife was found on the floor next to her head, and another one on the kitchen counter.
Chestney also mentions the existence of surveillance video which allegedly shows Hasan and Vasilije parting ways outside her apartment and Vasilije returning inside, only for Hasan to slowly follow her back, then run out of the apartment 15 minutes later.
At the time, Hasan was under court orders to stay away from Vasilije and stay out of Waterloo Region, stemming from a previous assault allegation.
It is not clear when Hasan will be returned to Canada and when the Canadian legal process in his case will begin.
Vasilije’s mother, Anna Todorovic, says she hopes it happens soon.
“The loss of my daughter has destroyed our lives forever,” she said Thursday in an email.
“He needs to come back and face the charges for what he allegedly did to my daughter.”
With reporting by Nicole Lampa