Joran van der Sloot murder trial to start

1st January 2012, Comments 2 comments

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot is to go on trial in the Peruvian capital Lima on Friday. He is accused of murdering Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room on 30 May 2010.

Lima’s Public Prosecutor has announced he will seek a 30-year prison term and a fine of 50,000 euros. The trial, which is expected to attract considerable media coverage, will begin at 10.00 hours local time. The trial will be held in Lima’s Lurigancho prison near the Castro Castro prison where Mr Van der Sloot is on remand.

Questioned by the Peruvian authorities, Mr Van der Sloot admitted killing Ms Flores in his Lima hotel room. He said he acted on a violent impulse when he saw her read documents on his laptop relating to the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway.

The 24-year-old Dutchman is the main suspect in the disappearance Ms Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba in May 2005. He has never been charged due to lack of evidence. Ms Holloway was 18 when she went missing. Ms Flores was 21 when she was killed. cl

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2 Comments To This Article

  • luo macie posted:

    on 1st January 2012, 22:20:56 - Reply

    I feel that an innocent man is being put in prison ,also. They had to put him away for something and what better to try him for than murder. Which I do not believe the girl is dead,there was so much DNA,right? Than where is it now,I tell you what how about digging the Peru woman up and taking DNA from her body to prove it is her. Why so fast of a burial ,I thought for sure the body would be looked over by FBI because the computer was. Just makes a lot of sense ,really? Totally set up, bad luck follows bad people,so the ones involved in taking Joran out will get their day.
  • deborah sletten posted:

    on 1st January 2012, 21:06:44 - Reply

    I hope Joran van der Sloot is acquitted. Considering Gary Giordano was in Aruba when both Holloway and Gardner went missing. Flores was probable collateral damage in the persecution of an innocent man.