Van der Sloot sues Chile for 10m dollars

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Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot is seeking 10 million dollars in damages from Chile because his rights were allegedly violated when he was arrested there in 2010 on suspicion of killing Peruvian Stephany Flores.

Peruvian television programme El Dominical has obtained a copy of the petition Van der Sloot filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The petition names then Peruvian president Alan Garcia, the former Peruvian former minister, two police generals and the father of his victim Stephany Flores. They allegedly put pressure on the Chilean authorities to extradite Van der Sloot. Van der Sloot argues that his rights as a suspect were violated because he was denied access to legal counsel and was not allowed to contact his family.

El Dominical reports that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is reviewing the petition. Last Tuesday, Peruvian prosecutors announced they would seek a 30-year sentence rather than a life term in the murder trial of Joran Van der Sloot, who has confessed to killing 21-year-old business student Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room on 30 May 2010.

Van der Sloot is also a suspect in the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of 18-year-old American Natalee Holloway but was never indicted due to a lack of evidence.

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