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Joran van der Sloot arrested over death of Peruvian woman
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 12:25 AM on 4th June 2010
Chilean police have arrested Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, who is wanted in connection with the murder of a woman in Peru.
The 22-year-old was taken into custody in Santiago a day after being named as a suspect in the murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez, 21.
Mr van der Sloot was allegedly seen with Miss Ramirez in a casino before she was found dead in a hotel room in Lima.
Dutchman Joran van der Sloot was arrested over the death of Peruvian Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez
Mr van der Sloot was questioned but never charged over the disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005 - five years ago this week.
Yesterday Mr van der Sloot was taken in a dark vehicle to a police office in downtown Santiago.
He made no comment as he entered, walking calmly and without handcuffs as journalists shouted his name.
Alfredo Espinosa, chief national spokesman for Chile's investigative police, told AP that Mr van der Sloot remained calm in detention and that the Chilean police were awaiting instructions from their Peruvian counterparts.
Miss Ramirez, who had been seen with Mr van der Sloot early on Sunday, was found on Wednesday lying face down on the floor of the suspect's hotel room in Lima, with her neck broken, Peruvian police general Cesar Guardia said.
She was fully clothed, with no signs of having been sexually abused.
Mr van der Sloot was led to a police office in downtown Santiago yesterday
Authorities found no potential murder weapons in the room, according to police.
Mr Guardia said the 22-year-old Dutchman was in Peru for a poker tournament and appears with the dead woman in a video taken at a Lima casino early on Sunday.
The two were later seen entering the hotel by one of its employees about 5am and the Dutchman departed alone about four hours later, police said.
'We have an interview with a worker at the hotel who says she saw this foreigner with the victim enter his room,' Mr Guardia said.
The victim's father, Ricardo Flores, 48, is a former president of the Peruvian Automobile Club who won the Caminos del Inca rally in 1991 and brings circuses and foreign entertainers to Peru.
He ran for vice president in 2001 and for president five years later on fringe tickets.
A lawyer for Mr van der Sloot in New York, Joe Tacopina, cautioned against a rush to judgement.
'Joran van der Sloot has been falsely accused of murder once before. The fact is he wears a bull's-eye on his back now and he is a quote-unquote usual suspect when it comes to allegations of foul play,' Mr Tacopina said.
Mr van der Sloot was twice arrested but later released for lack of evidence in the 2005 disappearance of Miss Holloway in Aruba.
The mystery of Miss Holloway's disappearance attracted wide attention on television and in newspapers in Europe and the U.S.
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this bastard's weaseled his way out of trouble for the last time
What a stupid *******! You'd think after getting away with murder once, the guy would never get caught for so much as jaywalking.
Sure hope so.......he is a serial killer in the making!
Van der Sloot 'confesses to murder of Lima woman'
JORAN van der Sloot has confessed to the May 30 murder of Lima woman Stephany Flores Ramirez.
A high-ranking Peruvian government official told NBC News that van der Sloot had confessed, following reports in the La Republica newspaper that said he broke Flores' neck after she used his laptop without his permission and found out he was involved in the murder of the American.
According to the newspaper the Dutchman, who is also the prime suspect in US teen Natalee Holloway's 2005 disappearance, explained that his anger exploded and said: "I did not want to do it. The girl intruded into my private life."
Police said van der Sloot met the 21-year-old Flores, the daughter of a Peruvian former race car driver, while playing poker at a casino.
On Saturday, they released security footage of the two of them entering his room but only he left. Her battered body was found in the hotel room two days later with her neck broken.
Van der Sloot was detained in Chile on Thursday, and police handed him over to the Peruvians at the border town of Tacna on Friday.
Investigators said he left Lima the day after the murder for Chile in 1287km taxi ride to the border.
Van der Sloot was also at the centre of another criminal inquiry in 2005, when he was named as a key suspect in the disappearance of Holloway, an 18-year-old US student visiting the Dutch-run Caribbean island of Aruba, who was also murdered on May 30.
In that case, van der Sloot was twice arrested, but charges were never brought against him because of lack of evidence. Holloway's body was never found.
Van der Sloot was later videotaped saying Holloway died after suffering a seizure and that an acquaintance helped him dump the body into the sea.
But later said he had made the comments under the influence of marijuana.
Van der Sloot was charged on Thursday in the US for trying to extort $250,000 from Holloway's family in exchange for disclosing the location of her body and describing how she died.
Peruvian President Alan Garcia said Friday that van der Sloot would first have to be tried for Flores' death before any extradition request could be considered.
The maximum sentence for murder in Peru is 25 years prison.
Only 25 years in prison for murder in Peru... :icon_eek: :icon_huh: :no:
The Peruvian justice system often issues a lighter sentence in cases where the suspect confesses. That may have influenced his alleged confession.
Van der Sloot could get up to 35 years in prison. There is no death penalty or life sentence in Peru.
He will likely be held at one of three maximum security prisons -- Castro Castro, Piedras Gordas and Lurigancho, authorities said.
TradeTheTrend — June 11, 2010 — Joran van der Sloot has been charged Friday with the murder of 21-year-old Peruvian business student Stephany Flores from May 30th.
Judge Juan Buendia has ordered van der Sloot to be jailed on charges of murder and robbery, and said van der Sloot's actions showed "ferocity and great cruelty."
The judge ordered the sentence early Friday, and penal authorities are now holding van der Sloot pending trial.
Authorities said that van der Sloot took Flores to his hotel room May 30th after meeting the victim while playing poker at a local casino.
He then strangled the victim, beat her face, and stole the contents of her wallet.
La Republica newspaper reported that van der Sloot told police that after Flores took his laptop without permission and discovered that he was presumably involved in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway five years prior, he proceeded to break her neck.
Authorities revealed that 22-year-old van der Sloot provided a full confession to the beating and murder of Flores, however, van der Sloot's attorney, Maximo Altez, spoke to the press Thursday and argued that van der Sloot's confession was void because he confessed in the presence of a police-appointed defense lawyer.
Peruvian criminal chief of police, Gen. Cesar Guardia, negates Altez's remarks, citing that van der Sloot was, in fact, appointed a government defense attorney and that a Dutch translator assigned by the Dutch Embassy was also present during the interrogation and confession.
Guardia commented, "The incriminatory elements were so powerful that he had to confess."
The criminal police chief added that blood stains and other evidence were found on van der Sloot's clothing.
A media frenzy has surrounded the case, especially after van der Sloot recently revealed that he knows the whereabouts of Natalee Holloway's body.
According to reports, van der Sloot said he is willing to reveal the location of Holloway's body and divulge the events from the night the 18-year-old student from Alabama disappeared in Aruba.
Head of the Peruvian national police's homicide investigation division, Miguel Canlla, said, "In the interrogation done to the Dutch citizen, he says he knew the location of the corpse of the American citizen, but that he was going to explain everything to Aruban police."
van der Sloot has yet to be charged in the disappearance of Holloway, and if convicted on murder charges, he could face 15 to 35 years in prison.
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