Peru bans Joran van der Sloot interview

1st February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Peruvian prison authorities have denied Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot the right to speak to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. His lawyer Máximo Altez has lodged a complaint against Peru's legal authorities.

Mr Altez said that Peru is reluctant to grant RNW the interview because of general elections in three months. In normal circumstances it is quite accepted for prisoners to speak to journalists from their cell, according to the lawyer.

Mr Van der Sloot was jailed on suspicion of killing Peruvian student Stephany Flores in a hotel room in Lima in 2010. The woman's father, Ricardo Flores, is a congress candidate on behalf of the Solidaridad Nacional party. He is being accused by Joran's lawyer of only wanting to "damage" Van der Sloot.

Joran van der Sloot himself had already consented to speak to RNW's Latin America section. The 23-year old Dutchman is also the main suspect in the 2005 Natalee Holloway disappearance case, and has hit the headlines more than once with sensational stories about the case which often proved to be ill-founded.

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