Peru seeks 30-year term against Van der Sloot

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Crime
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Find original Radio Netherlands article here

The Public Prosecutors’ Office in Peru is seeking a 30-year jail sentence against Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot. His Peruvian lawyer has told populist newspaper De Telegraaf that the authorities made the announcement after concluding their investigation into Van der Sloot’s alleged role in the death of Stephany Flores, the daughter of a well-known businessman.

In Peru the maximum penalty for murder is 20 years, but the Public Prosecutors’ Office says a more severe sentence is warranted because of the excessively cruel nature of the crime. Stephany Flores was found dead in a Lima hotel room rented in the name of Joran van der Sloot. CCTV footage from the hotel shows the Dutchman taking her up to his room.

Joran van der Sloot is still a suspect in the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway who was last seen in his company on the island of Aruba in May 2005. He was arrested but eventually released due to insufficient evidence after an extensive investigation involving local, Dutch and US investigators.

In March 2010, Van der Sloot approached Natalee’s mother with an offer to reveal the location of her daughter’s body and the circumstances surrounding her death for an advance of 25,000 US dollars. The information he provided proved false and the US authorities have since issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of extortion and wire fraud. In an interview with De Telegraaf in September 2010, Van der Sloot admitted to the extortion plot. He said “I wanted to get back at Natalee’s family. Her parents have been making my life tough for five years.”


  1. michellefrommadison says:

    Joran VanderSloot wins again and proves Nancy Grace wrong yet again. The only people that believe that Joran admitted to guilt in the murder case are likely to be the same people that have said Joran lies and cannot be trusted with anything he says. So, even if the plea goes forward, he’s still only going to do a sentence almost equivalent to “time-served” because the penalty aspects are different overseas. Maybe Joran should sue the family-survivors of the dead girl for her provoking the situation and attacking Joran in that hotel room where Joran had to physically defend himself from her attack.

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