Dutch triple-murder suspect arrested in Peru

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Dutchman Patrick Van Der Berg, suspected of murdering his wife and their six-month-old baby in Bolivia, has been arrested in the Peruvian capital Lima, Interpol said Tuesday.

Van Der Berg allegedly strangled his 29-year-old wife Lucy Luisa Molina Gonzalez, a Bolivian national, and their baby boy in 2008 before fleeing to Chile, where he is accused of a third murder, that of a female friend.

Van Der Berg, who was arrested in a shopping mall in Lima's upmarket Miraflores district, had been living in Ica, a town 300 kilometers (180 miles) south of the capital, Interpol said.

An Interpol source confirmed to AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity, that the 35-year-old Dutchman was suspected of the third murder in Chile.

Van Der Berg will first be transferred to Ica, where another complaint has been lodged against him, before Peru is expected to begin procedures to extradite him to Bolivia as requested.

Two other Dutchmen who have confessed to murder are also in jail in Peru.

Joran van der Sloot, 23, was arrested in Chile and deported to Peru in June last year and subsequently confessed to the May 2010 murder of Peruvian Stephany Flores, 21, in a hotel room in Lima.

He has since attempted to retract his confession, claiming intimidation by the police, but a Peruvian judge has insisted it remains valid and Van der Sloot is awaiting trial and a maximum 30-year sentence.

Van der Sloot is also the chief suspect in the presumed murder of Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old from Alabama who disappeared while on a high school graduation trip on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Flores was murdered five years to the day after Holloway went missing.

A third Dutchman, Jason Conquet, 32, admitted strangling his Peruvian girlfriend, 22-year-old Leslie Paredes, during an argument when she came to visit him in Lima's notoriously overcrowded Lurigancho prison.

Conquet buried Paredes under a homemade cement bench in his cell. Prison authorities only realized three months later because a foul odor emanated from the area.

© 2011 AFP

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