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Joran Van Der Sloot In Court Today In Connection With Stephany Flores Murder

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Jun. 8 2011, Published 6:34 a.m. ET

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By Cliff Renfrew Staff Reporter

Joran van der Sloot is scheduled to appear in a Peruvian court today in connection with the murder of student Stephany Flores, has learned.

The closed door hearing will take place in a courtroom at Lima’s Castro Castro prison where he is being detaine.

Local reports claim that Flores’ father will be inside the court at the hearing which is reportedly about evidence in the case relating to some wallets.

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Flores was found dead in a Lima Hotel room registered to the 23-year-old Dutchman in May 2010 – police believe that he took money and bank cards from the wallet and then fled to Chile.

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Peruvian authorities have yet to file formal charges against him - once the discovery phase of the case ends, prosecutors will file charges and a trial date will be set.

Earlier this month, Van der Sloot's defense attorney, Maximo Altez Navarro, resigned from the case claiming they had differences in strategy – he told that they remained friends however.

Van der Sloot also remains the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway, who vanished at age 18 while on a graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.

He was arrested twice but never charged in connection with her disappearance - the killing of Flores was five years to the day of the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Holloway

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Shortly after his 2010 arrest, a federal grand jury in Alabama indicted him on charges that he tried to extort $250,000 from the Holloway family.

According to the indictment Van der Sloot offered to provide what turned out to be false information about her whereabouts in exchange for the money.


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