"Joran does not understand Peruvian legal system"

31st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Joran van der Sloot didn’t do himself any favours by seeking contact with other lawyers. “He doesn’t understand that the legal system in Peru is very informal,” the former defence lawyer for the 23-year-old Dutchman told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Máximo Altéz. Joran van der Sloot is in awaiting trial in Lima for the murder of Peruvian woman Stephany Flores.

Mr Altéz says that there was a “difference of opinion about his defence between him and his client. He thinks Joran van der Sloot simply does not understand the how the Peruvian Legal system works. “I go for confrontation. I make use of the gaps in the case but Joran wants a different strategy. In Peru, there are very few lawyers who attack the justice system full frontally. This has been my strategy from the outset: I have filed a complaint against the Public Prosecution, the minister of justice, the chief inspector for homicide cases.”

Mr Altéz says he wanted to show the shortcomings of the Peruvian legal system. He had hoped the Joran van der Sloot case would contribute to improving it.

Publicity Meanwhile Van der Sloot contacted other lawyers with different ideas on the case. “Peruvian lawyers are now fighting over who will defend Joran van der Sloot. And they don’t believe me when I say neither he nor his family have money.” Mr Altéz thinks all lawyers will get out of the case is publicity.

The Peruvian lawyer is still handling the appeal against Van der Sloot’s arrest. “He was misled when police arrested him. He was given a fake lawyer, there was no official translator and he was not allowed to make a phone call. That is a violation of legal procedures.” If the appeal is successful than the police investigation is worthless according to Mr Altéz. 

Joran van der Sloot is also still the prime suspect in the case of the missing presumed murdered US teenager Natalee Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba five years earlier.

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