Joran van der Sloot could be free in 2012
Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot has a good chance of being freed from remand in Peru at the end of this year, says the lawyer acting for the family of Stephany Flores.
Van der Sloot is suspected of the murder of Ms Flores, a 21-year-old student who was found dead in his hotel room in Lima over a year ago.
Lawyer Edward Alvarez says Peru’s justice authorities are proceeding too slowly with the case. He complains that as yet no indictment has even been formulated.
Under Peruvian law, suspects can only be held for up to 18 months without a verdict in their case. If he indeed is released at the end of December when this period is up, Van der Sloot will have to remain in Peru until his case comes to trial.
Holloway case Van der Sloot is still suspected of involvement in the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on 30 May 2005 on the Caribbean island, Aruba, a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Charges against him in this case were dropped for lack of evidence.
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