Peru seeks 30-year jail term against Joran van der Sloot
The Peruvian Public Prosecutors’ Office has told Dutch news agency ANP it will seek a 30-year jail sentence for Dutchman Joran van der Sloot. He is accused of killing Peruvian student Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room on 30 May 2010.
The public prosecutor rejected Van der Sloot’s defence that he acted from a ‘violent emotion’. His lawyers tried to persuade the public prosecutor to charge their client with manslaughter, which in Peru carries a sentence of between 6 and 20 years.
The public prosecutor will ask the court to order the suspect to pay damages to the amount of 200,000 Peruvian soles, around 50,000 euros.
It is not yet clear when the trial will start. The Public Prosecutor's Office has submitted the indictment and the jail term it seeks. The trial date will be set by the court at a later time.
Joran van der Sloot was arrested on 3 June 2010 in Chile near the coastal resort of Viña del Mar. He was handed to the Peruvian authorities two days later and has been in custody in Lima's Castro Castro prison since 11 June 2010.
The three taxi drivers who drove Van der Sloot to the Chilean border will also be indicted on charges of obstructing justice. The public prosecutor is seeking a five-year prison sentence and a fine of 5,000 soles 1,250 euros against the three.
Joran van der Sloot was previously suspected of being involved in the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba in May 2005 but eventually released for lack of evidence.
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