Peruvian Reports on the van der Sloot Case
I have been browsing the Peruvian newspaper “El Comercio,” for news about Joran van der Sloot.
Of course, the breaking news that van der Sloot has confessed to murdering the young university student Stephany Flores is all over the news here in the U.S.
And so is the news that allegedly van der Sloot became enraged when he returned to his hotel room after getting a cup of coffee and found Ms. Flores browsing through his laptop, and that he subsequently, and allegedly, murdered her.
According to the newspaper the “División de Delitos de Alta Tecnología de la Policía—Divindat—(“High Technology Police Crime Division”) is examining the contents of van der Sloot’s laptop.
Of course, the scuttlebutt now is that his laptop may contain incriminating information about another possible murder, the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba exactly five years ago.
The number and tenor of readers’ comments following the story reflect the high interest and emotions that this story is evoking in Peru.
Then there are the following, roughly translated, headlines on this developing story:
** Reconstruction of the murder of Stephany Flores could take place in the next few hours the suspect would be taken to the hotel where the crime allegedly occurred.
** By confessing, van der Sloot could get a maximum sentence of 20 years. Another report says he may get 30 years.
** If convicted, van der Sloot most likely will be imprisoned in a Lima prison.
** Van der Sloot will no longer have a Peruvian Justice Department public defender. The identity or nationality of his new lawyer is not yet known.
** Van der Sloot has not (yet) officially asked for a Dutch lawyer. Representatives of the Dutch consulate have visited van der Sloot. Another report says that the Dutch consulate will not pay for a new lawyer for van der Sloot.
** Another headline says that van der Sloot has asked for a Dutch defense lawyer and that he is sharing his cell with another criminal suspect.
** Four police officers guard van der Sloot who has now been placed on suicide watch.
** According to her father, Stephany Flores was not raped by nor had sexual relations with van der Sloot.
** Van der Sloot’s ex-lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, says that a third party may be responsible for the murder. He also finds it strange that Flores body was not found until three days after the murder.
** Three Peruvian women have been murdered by foreigners since 2007