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« on: June 03, 2010, 07:13:17 am »



Long suspected in 2005 Aruba case, Dutchman now sought in Peru murder

Joran van der Sloot prime suspect in Lima murder that comes exactly five years after disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway during high school trip in Aruba

Police in neighbouring Chile are checking hotels for a young Dutchman long suspected in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway who is now being sought in the killing of a woman in Peru.

After Peruvian officials announced Wednesday that Joran van der Sloot is the prime suspect in the death of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel, Chilean police confirmed he had entered their country two days earlier.

Chilean Police Inspector Douglas Rodriguez in Arica told The Associated Press there was no record of Mr. van der Sloot leaving Chile and authorities were searching the country's dry, sparsely populated northern provinces for him.

In Lima, police Gen. Cesar Guardia said at a news conference that the slain woman was found Wednesday in a room at a hotel where Mr. van der Sloot had been staying and that she had been seen with the suspect early Sunday, when she was killed.

The killing occurred exactly five years after the May 30, 2005, disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway during a high school trip in Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean island where Mr. van der Sloot's late father was a prominent judge.

Prosecutors said Mr. van der Sloot is still their main suspect in the case even though he was never charged.

The Dutch government said Interpol issued an international arrest warrant for Mr. van der Sloot in the Peru killing. But Insp. Rodriguez, the Chilean police official, said authorities there had received only a request to locate the suspect, not an arrest warrant.

Gen. Guardia, the Peruvian police general, 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 Sunday. The two were later seen entering the hotel by one of its employees about 5 a.m. and the Dutchman departed alone about four hours later, he said.

“We have an interview with a worker at the hotel who says she saw this foreigner with the victim enter his room,” said Gen. Guardia.

The woman's body was found face down on the hotel room floor Wednesday, abrasions on her face and body, and signs of trauma, Gen. Guardia said. He said she was clothed.

Asked if she had been asphyxiated, Gen. Guardia said he was waiting for autopsy results on the cause of death.

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, said he did not know his client's whereabouts and had not been in touch with him since the Peru allegations emerged.

Mr. Tacopina cautioned against a rush to judgment.

“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 Ms. Holloway in Aruba.

No trace of her has been found and Mr. van der Sloot remains the main suspect in the case, Ann Angela, spokeswoman for the Aruba prosecutor's office, said Wednesday.

“What's happening now is incredible,” she said. “At this moment we don't have anything to do with it, but we are following the case with great interest and if Peruvian authorities would need us, we are here.”

The mystery of Ms. Holloway's disappearance garnered wide attention on television and in newspapers in Europe and the United States.

Two years ago, a Dutch television crime reporter captured hidden-camera footage of Mr. van der Sloot saying he was with Ms. Holloway when she collapsed on a beach from being drunk. He said he believed she was dead and asked a friend to dump her body in the sea.

Judges subsequently refused to arrest Mr. van der Sloot on the basis of the tape.

A spokeswoman for Ms. Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty of Mountain Brook, Ala., told the AP the family was aware of the development in Peru but would have no comment.
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010, 11:44:08 pm »



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Aruba disappearance suspect held in Peru killing



LIMA, Peru – He was the last person to see two young women alive — one in Aruba, one in Peru exactly five years later, police say. Joran van der Sloot was caught in a taxi Thursday, several days drive and a country away from the Lima hotel room where the second woman was found face down with a broken neck.

A fixture on TV true-crime shows after Natalee Holloway's disappearance in Aruba, the 22-year-old Dutchman did not speak or even turn his head when photographers shouted his name as Chilean police officers escorted him, without handcuffs, into a Santiago police office for questioning.

Aruban authorities didn't prosecute van der Sloot even after he was caught on video saying he had asked a friend to dump Holloway's body. The Alabama woman's family was outraged by how Aruban authorities handled the case, and now the family of another young woman wants to make sure they get justice.

"This isn't a coincidence, this murder," Stephany Flores' anguished father, Lima entertainment impresario Ricardo Flores, told reporters after van der Sloot's arrest.

Van der Sloot was arrested the same day he was charged in Alabama with trying to extort $250,000 in return for giving the location of Holloway's body and describing the circumstances of Holloway's death. Federal prosecutors did not say who was allegedly extorted, but filed a sworn statement saying that van der Sloot got a partial payment of $15,000 wired to a Netherlands bank.

His daughter's neck was broken Sunday in a hotel room registered to van der Sloot, who police believe met the 21-year-old University of Lima business student for the first time the previous night at a nearby casino. Her body was found by a maid late Tuesday.

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Flores, a 48-year-old former race car driver and sometime politician, called on authorities to immediately bring van der Sloot to Peru to face justice.

"It's not just about my daughter," he said. "There's a matter pending in Aruba and we don't know how many more remain unpunished."

Stephany Flores was fully clothed and there were no signs she had been sexually abused, the chief of Peru's criminal police, Gen. Cesar Guardia, told The Associated Press.

"The room was a complete mess," he said in an interview. He added that no potential murder weapon was found.

"It's probable they had drunken alcohol," said Guardia. No alcohol was found in Flores' blood, he said, but he added that it could have dissipated in the more than two days it took to find her body.

Guardia added that police are investigating why it took until Tuesday night for hotel staff to discover the body.

Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in the disappearance of Holloway, an 18-year-old who was celebrating her high school graduation on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba when she disappeared May 30, 2005. He told investigators he left her on a beach, drunk. That's the last anyone saw of her. Van der Sloot was twice arrested in her disappearance — and twice released for insufficient evidence.

"If they have enough proof that he committed the crime in Peru, maybe, just maybe that might help to get him to confess in Natalee's case. It just might crack him," a Holloway family lawyer, Vinda de Souza, told the AP.

A spokeswoman for Holloway's mother, Beth, issued a statement saying she "extends her deepest sympathy" to the Flores family "and prays for swift and sure justice."

Holloway's family has blamed Aruban authorities' inaction on the influence of van der Sloot's father, a judge there who died in February.

Van der Sloot put up no resistance when he was detained Thursday about halfway to the Pacific coast from Santiago, said deputy Chilean investigative police spokesman Fernando Ovalle. When brought in for questioning in Santiago, he was unshaven with closely cropped hair, khaki pants, and a gray hooded sweat shirt.

Ovalle said it was likely van der Sloot would be expelled to Peru. Peruvian authorities issued an arrest warrant for him through Interpol after learning van der Sloot had crossed into northern Chile on Monday.

Van der Sloot checked into the room where Flores' body was found May 14 after arriving on a flight from Colombia, Guardia said. He was in Peru for a poker tournament and it appears he and Flores met Saturday evening at Atlantic City, the Lima casino hosting the tourney, Guardia said.

The police chief said Flores was killed between 5 a.m. Sunday, when the victim and suspect were seen entering his room by a hotel employee, and about 8:45 a.m., when he said two people saw van der Sloot leave.

"Various things aren't very clear," Guardia said, among them the killer's motive.

It certainly wasn't money, he said. Van der Sloot had no problem paying for his escape to Chile.

He gave a truck driver 1,500 Peruvian soles ($525) to take him from Ica, a town south of Lima, to the Chilean border, the driver, Luis Aparcana, said in a TV interview. He said van der Sloot didn't speak very good Spanish and carried two suitcases.

Aparcana said van der Sloot "was worried because he kept smoking cigarettes. He didn't have a cell phone but he had a laptop that he would take out, handle and then put back."

Lawyers for van der Sloot could not immediately be reached for comment. On Wednesday, a lawyer in New York who has represented him, Joe Tacopina, cautioned against a rush to judgment.

"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," Tacopina said.

The Holloway case has followed many twists and turns.

Two years ago, a Dutch television crime reporter captured hidden-camera footage of van der Sloot saying he was with Holloway when she collapsed on a beach from being drunk. He said he believed she was dead and asked a friend to dump her body in the sea. Judges subsequently refused to arrest van der Sloot on the basis of the tape.

Aruba's attorney general, Taco Stein, said Thursday that the island would offer assistance to investigators in Peru when van der Sloot arrives there.

He said van der Sloot remains the only suspect in the Holloway case. "There is always hope," he said.

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2010, 11:53:30 pm »

On CNN -I heard this idiot beat this girl black and blue, popped out her eye, she was unrecognizable to her own family.. This guy should be shot or strung up.. They claim this was not the first time he done this? doi..

He done in the girl in Aruba, or got away with her murder.. If he was chucked in jail for that this poor girl would be still with us?   Undecided




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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2010, 02:14:54 am »

Everyone knew he was the one who killed Natalie Holloway.  Why they didn't string him up at the time is beyond me.

Maybe now they will finally find out what he did with her now that he's arrested.
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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2010, 06:36:41 pm »






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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2010, 05:10:12 am »

Joran van der Sloot - what a punk!  Hope he gets the death penalty.
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2010, 12:34:44 pm »

UPDATE



Damming Evidence against the low life Vander Sloot. He is guilty? surveillance tape tell the story.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2010, 12:38:23 am »

Update

CNN - Reports van der Sloot made a full confession in murdering that peru girl! just hours ago; Now only if he will confess to the Aruba murdered girl that he has long  being suspect in killing..


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