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Joran van der Sloot
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Lima, Peru
Lima, Peru

Joran’s lawyer decides to stay on

Published on : 16 June 2010 - 11:30am | By Iain Macintyre (Photo: ANP)
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Joran van der Sloot’s lawyer, Máximo Altez, has decided he will continue to defend his client. Earlier he announced he was quitting because of “numerous family problems”, but Radio Netherlands Worldwide has learned that he has now decided to go ahead regardless. He has, however, moved to a secret location since the windows of his office were smashed.

A prominent Peruvian lawyer has informed RNW that Joran’s mother wants the trial moved to the Netherlands. He says this is theoretically possible in legal terms, but only if the Peruvian authorities agree and that seems unlikely.
 
Mass Hysteria
The lawyer, who wished to remain anonymous, is concerned that Joran van der Sloot will not receive a fair trial since the intensive media coverage in Peru has generated mass hysteria and irreversibly painted a portrait of the Dutchman as a cold, heartless killer. He says what he needs is not so much a lawyer as a medical team made up of psychiatrists and psychologists.
 
The Dutch embassy in Lima is also worried about the situation and the treatment of the accused.
 
Premeditated Murder
Last month Joran van der Sloot confessed to murdering 21-year Stephany Flores in his hotel room in Lima. Mr Altez claims the statement was extracted in an illegal manner.
 
The victim’s family is calling for a life sentence and assuming the motive for the murder was robbery. The charge at present is “premeditated murder”, which in Peru carries a maxium sentence of 35 years. Joran van der Sloot claims he killed Stephany Flores in a fit of rage.

Read more about Joran van der Sloot

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Discussion

Anonymous 12 July 2010 - 11:09pm

Beth Twitty should be right beside him to, you know she is the one that give him the monies to go to Peru!! She is guilty just as much as this kid is, sham e on you Beth Twitty!!

Anonymous 30 June 2010 - 2:34am / canada

It is obvious that this young man will not get a fair trial. There is a lynch mob mentality that will not allow him to get a fair trial. People are going crazy, including the media--the reports are not objective and contribute to the hysteria. Is this what justice looks like in Peru?

Rena 26 June 2010 - 9:06pm / United States

Dear Joran,
I hope that someone will get this message of encouragement to you. I believe that you are innocent and will be set free. I believe in you. I am praying for you and declaring good things for you. Hold on, Joran. I believe that God is going to set you free.
Love in Jesus Christ,
Rena
Wisconsin, United States

Anonymous 26 June 2010 - 10:14pm

Ha, ha, ha, and yet another groupie. Wow, Urine was not joking. There really is a segment of the female population out there who goes for the serial killer type.

candyman 25 June 2010 - 5:02am / usa

"To thine own self be true" (never ever walk alone. And make sure you leave a light on!) Prepare to meet your maker.

Robert bounds 23 June 2010 - 5:20am / usa

Everyone who aided and abetted this sociopath (like his mother, father, and the aruban police) should bare the death of his latest victim for the rest of there lives.

Robert bounds 23 June 2010 - 5:20am / usa

Everyone who aided and abetted this sociopath (like his mother, father, and the aruban police) should bare the death of his latest victim for the rest of there lives.

Carlie 23 June 2010 - 2:44am / USA

It would be a disservice to the people of the Netherlands to allow any trial for this man to take place in their country. The crimes he's accused of committing took place in Aruba and Peru. The Netherlands should not be used as a safe haven for this sociopath, and the Netherlands should not bear that stain.

His mother claims he's sick in the head. Her son tried to extort money, was accused of sex trafficing, was caught on camera talking about what he did to Natalie Holloway....How long before she planned to do anything to deal with his "problems"? Unless his mother wants to take his place in prison she should keep her mouth shut. She and her deceased husband are guilty of aiding and abetting a criminal. In my mind, she should be in prison in the next cell for the murder of Stephanie Flores.

JVMfan 21 June 2010 - 8:14pm / USA

Don't we just LOVE the way mom finally says Joran is "sick." A little late??? If interested in the backlash, see the TV show called "ISSUES" --they will have a most of the hour on this Van der Sloot monster tonight. ISSUES on CNN Headline News has been covering it better than anyone.

JVMfan 21 June 2010 - 8:14pm / USA

Don't we just LOVE the way mom finally says Joran is "sick." A little late??? If interested in the backlash, see the TV show called "ISSUES" --they will have a most of the hour on this Van der Sloot monster tonight. ISSUES on CNN Headline News has been covering it better than anyone.

Anonymous 17 June 2010 - 8:04pm / USA

Of course his mother wants the trial in the Netherlands! One parent dead and can't cover for his son anymore, but the mother will still attempt to cover up for the monster of a son she has. I have no doubt if his own mother would trigger crazy on him he would beat her to death too. I'm glad he was stupid enough to commit this crime in a Country where Justice is different and he will pay for not one but two crimes all in one place. I can't wait for the Peruvian prisoners to get their hands on Mr. Scum. Beating up young girls who didn't stand a chance was very brave and manly of him... now go head on with a bunch of criminals just like you and see if you stand a chance. An eye for an eye !!! May all the force of God and the Peruvian Justice system descend on him !! I hear the prisons in Peru are top of the list of the worse prisons in the world! Suits him well ! His mother and father created this monster and even with his confessions (and please his lawyer claiming "illegally obtained" is BS and Peru ain’t buying it!) His mother still continue to put a blind fold and think her son is innocent again, she deserves to cry and suffer like those other families will for ever in their lives! Cant’ wait to see your demise Mr. Scum of the Earth !

Dompi 17 June 2010 - 1:58pm / aruba

They make a flowervase of his skull in Peru

Anonymous 17 June 2010 - 8:07pm / USA

Perfect!!! But eh !! Its not even good enough for a flower vase, rather burn him to ashes.

Marie 16 June 2010 - 10:54pm / USA

Yes, he needs to face justice, but this death threats to his lawyer are not going to get us very far. My concern - going by what I know of your own flawed justice system - is that he my get off on a technicality, much like something that could occur here.

epminks 17 June 2010 - 3:53am / US

I guess one of the first steps to recovery is recognizing you have a problem and he now recognizes that he has a problem. He actually asked for psychological help. The death threats are ridiculous. The families have publicly stated they do not want his life and some people believe his life is not ours to take. I use to have the same beliefs until a love one of mine was murdered and the crime is still unsolved 20 years later. The murder of a love one will shake your faith and the Holloways and the Ramirez obviously have the faith of Job. I still grieve the loss of my love. Joran could confess and request to do his time in a federal prison in the US. Maybe they can send him to Boron, Ca and that way his way of life will not be interrupted. They do not patrol armed, they have dormitories, buffets, nice basketball court, tennis court, etc. They will even pay you to work and earn money for toiletries. It really is a nice facility. If they try him for extortion and he is found guilty he will have to go to a federal white-crime facility.

Marie 16 June 2010 - 11:04pm / USA

**OOPS - meant to say OUR own Justice system.

Becky 16 June 2010 - 10:26pm / USA

Have the trial in the Netherlands?? Are you kidding me?? So he can get away with murder again?? His Father covered up a murder and I expect his mother did her part as well. The father is now getting his just rewards as Joran soon should. If you raise a kid, cover up and deny anything bad they ever do, they think they are above the law. He was until now. Don't care what his mother wants. How the mothers of the victims feel knowing their daughters were beaten to death?

Anonymous 17 June 2010 - 4:08am

Becky 16 June 2010 - 10:26pm / USA
Have the trial in the Netherlands?? Are you kidding me?? So he can get away with murder again?? His Father covered up a murder and I expect his mother did her part as well. The father is now getting his just rewards as Joran soon should. If you raise a kid, cover up and deny anything bad they ever do, they think they are above the law. He was until now. Don't care what his mother wants. How the mothers of the victims feel knowing their daughters were beaten to death?
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You bet! It's the ameriKKKan way!

Marie 17 June 2010 - 6:19pm / USA

I don't want to nit-pick, but dude, you totally misspelled American. It's a "C" not 3 "K"s. Don't worry, its an honest mistake anyone can make. Oh, and Romans 10:9!!!!!

Mary S 17 June 2010 - 3:39am / Canada

Are you some kind of authority on the afterlife, Becky?

Anonymous 17 June 2010 - 4:10am

Mary S 17 June 2010 - 3:39am / Canada

Are you some kind of authority on the afterlife, Becky?
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Notice the letters of her univers/college degree ! USA

Blackie 16 June 2010 - 10:22pm / U.S.A.

Why on earth would the Peruvian authorities even consider allowing van der Sloot to serve his time in the Netherlands? The crime was committed in Peru. He confessed in Peru, and after his flight to Chile, he was taken into custody by Peruvian police. If he does not like the consequences, he should not have committed the crime.

Mary S 17 June 2010 - 3:32am / Canada

Because he can't possibly have anything resembling a fair trial in Peru, and even the Peruvians admit it. His lawyer quit because of death threats, and now has changed his mind, no doubt persuaded by the government: a lawyer quitting because of death threats makes Peru look bad. Think what would happen to the lawyer and any judge who did not convict him. It's a done deal, and a no-win situation for Peru, even if they manage to keep him alive until the trial. The day-to-day spotlight on Peruvian justice is showing up the cracks in the thin shabby veneer, and they know it.

Anonymous 18 June 2010 - 3:44am

Mary you should totally hook up with Joran!, but just don't piss him off eh or you might be next?

Blackie 16 June 2010 - 10:10pm / U.S.A.

Why on earth would the Peruvian authorities consent to having van der Sloot serve his sentence in the Netherlands? The crime was committed in Peru. He confessed to killing Stephany in Peru, and following his flight to Chile, the police took custody of him in Peru. If he did'nt want to face the consequences, he shouldn't have committed the crime.

petewestwood 16 June 2010 - 8:21pm

How ironic that Joran is living his latest holiday next door to a hitman. A fact that Maximo Altez is only too aware of. Joran welcome to the paradise holiday you’ve always wondered about…

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2010/06/joran-van-der-sloot-is-in-need-o...

Anonymous 16 June 2010 - 6:46pm / Lalaland

For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous organ.(Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales).

Mary S 17 June 2010 - 3:48am / Canada

A murderer they found, and thereto hired,
Who in an alley had a hiding-place;

(and with his partner, broke into the room, to rob and kill the girl, and frame the foreigner)

(Edited) Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

Anonymous 18 June 2010 - 2:00pm

Mary is going to Peru to be in Urine's cheering section in court. She will hold up signs that say, "I love you Joran" and will wear t-shirts that say "Team Joran". She reminds me of Charles Manson's groupies at his trial.

Marie 17 June 2010 - 6:21pm / USA

Hey, you left off the part about the evil FBI being involved, you silly goose!!!! (wink-wink)!

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