Joran Van Der Sloot In Court Monday For Start Of Murder Trial


Sep. 12 2011, Published 7:00 a.m. ET

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Six years after Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba, the prime suspect in her disappearance will be in a Lima, Peru court Monday -- this time for the murder of Stephany Flores.

Joran van der Sloot was officially charged on September 1 with killing the 21-year-old Peruvian student, and Monday he'll be before a judge for the preliminary hearing in the case.

The Dutchman was arrested for the grisly slaying in June, 2010 and has been held in Lima’s run-down Castro Castro prison ever since.

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Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence for van der Sloot, 23, and a $73,000 restitution to Flores’ family.

As previously reported, Flores was found dead in a Lima hotel room that was registered to van der Sloot — it’s alleged that he murdered her then he took money and bank cards from her wallet and fled to Chile.

While the 24-year-old remains the number one suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Holloway, he has never been charged, despite being arrested twice in connection with the crime.


Shortly after his 2010 arrest in the Flores case, a federal grand jury in Alabama (Holloway’s home state) 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 the whereabouts of her remains in exchange for the money.

Any efforts to extradite van der Sloot to Alabama are stuck in line behind the Peruvian murder charges.



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