Peru sticks to murder charge in Stephany Flores case

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The public prosecutor in the Peruvian capital Lima says he will maintain the original charge of murder against Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot. He characterised the charge as ‘clear and coherent’.

Van der Sloot is accused of the ‘murder followed by robbery’ of Peruvian Stephany Flores. The charge carries a maximum jail term of 30 years.

The decision by public prosecutor Pablo Sánchez Velarde means he has rejected the Flores family’s request to charge Van der Sloot with robbery with murder, which is punishable by life imprisonment.

Van der Sloot is accused of killing Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room on 30 May 2010 after meeting her four days earlier in the Atlantic City casino in the Peruvian capital.

Joran van der Sloot is still the main suspect in the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba in May 2005. He has never been charged due to lack of evidence.

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