Joran van der Sloot is headed back to his Lima, Peru, hotel room where Stephany Flores was killed, according to officials, as authorities prepare to file criminal charges against the the 22-year-old Dutchman. However, his family’s lawyer claims his confession to the murder may have been forced.
The visit is in connection with his confession in the killing, authorities said, and he will also likely undergo a psychological exam as well to determine if he is fit for trial.
Flores and van der Sloot were spotted entering his hotel room by a worker at the Miraflores Hotel Tac in Lima on May 30. The Dutchman admitted he broke Flores’ neck after she went on his laptop while he was out buying coffee and learned about his involvement in the 2005 disappearance of student Natalee Holloway in Aruba (he was never charged).
“I did not want to do it. The girl intruded into my private life… she didn’t have any right,” van der Sloot is quoted as saying according to La Republica newspaper. “I went to her and I hit her. She was scared, we argued and she tried to escape. I grabbed her by the neck and hit her.”
In response to the confession, van der Sloot’s lawyer in the Netherlands, Bert De Rooij, told the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant: “Joran told his mother crying Monday that he was being interrogated under reasonably barbaric conditions- he said the police were trying to force him to confess and that the confession was possibly false.”
Flores’ body, punctured by stab wounds and wrapped in a blanket, was found in van der Sloot’s hotel room. Shortly after she was found, police released security camera video showing the two entering van der Sloot’s hotel room. Joran left the room by himself four hours later.