Dutch citizen to be deported to Peru in murder probe

4th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch man linked to a US teenager's disappearance in Aruba five years ago was placed on a plane Friday after Chile agreed to deport him to Peru, where he is wanted for the murder of a Peruvian woman.

Local media reported that Joran van der Sloot, 22, boarded the plane at a Santiago airfield under guard, and was to land in Arica, Chile, before travelling overland to the border crossing at Chacalluta, where he would be handed over to Peruvian authorities.

He was taken into custody Thursday after being stopped in a taxi that was driving him from the coastal resort of Vina del Mar to Santiago, a police source told AFP.

He is wanted in Peru for the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, 21, who was found Tuesday stabbed to death in a Lima hotel room.

General Cesar Guardia Vasquez said authorities have video footage, corroborated by witnesses, showing van der Sloot entering the hotel with Ramirez just before her death.

The victim's father told reporters his daughter was killed at dawn on Sunday after meeting van der Sloot in a casino.

"I hope the authorities bring him to Peru to be tried not only for the crime against my daughter; there is a pending crime in Aruba and we do not know how many more have gone unpunished," Flores' father, prominent Peruvian businessman Ricardo Flores Chipoco, said in Lima.

Peru's Interior Minister Octavio Salazar said, "We are probably talking about a serial killer."

Van der Sloot was named as a key suspect in the highly publicized 2005 disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba, and twice arrested. But charges were never brought against him.

Holloway, an 18-year-old American student, had traveled to the Dutch-ruled Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005 where she disappeared. Her body was never found.

Van der Sloot was later videotaped saying Holloway died after suffering a seizure and that an acquaintance helped him dump the body into the sea.

Subsequently, van der Sloot denied that and said he had made the comments under the influence of marijuana.

Van der Sloot entered Peru May 14 from Colombia and left the country May 31 by road to Chile, according to immigration records.

Peruvian police said he hired two brothers to drive him to the border town of Tacna for about 620 dollars.

© 2010 AFP

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