Joran Van der Sloot, the Dutch citizen accused of murdering Peruvian student Stephany Flores, has brought a suit demanding $10 million from the Chilean government. Mr. Van der Sloot claims that his human rights were violated in extraditing him from Chile to Peru. He has filed his claim with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Van der Sloot in the custody of Peruvian police (Photo Courtesy of NY Daily News)
In the petition, Mr. Van der Sloot names the Chilean government, former Peruvian President Alan García, former Peruvian Minister of the Interior Octavio Salazar, Chilean police generals, and the father of his victim, Ricardo Flores.
First, Mr. Van der Sloot claims that then-Peruvian President García used pressure to force the Chilean government to extradite him to Peru in May 2010. Next, he contends that when Chilean police took him into custody, they refused to allow him to speak with his family. Mr. Van der Sloot also says he was denied the right to legal counsel and a fair trial.
This is not the first complaint that Van der Sloot has made. An earlier suit alleged that Peruvian officials did not have a warrant for his arrest and that he was denied a translator during questioning. Peruvian courts dismissed this claim.
Mr. Van der Sloot’s complaint was filed days after a judge’s ruling that he would stand trial for the murder of Stephany Flores beginning January 6.
In May 2010, Flores’s body was found in Mr. Van der Sloot’s hotel room in Lima. Hotel employees saw Mr. Van der Sloot and Ms. Flores entering the room together. Four hours later, Mr. Van der Sloot left the room alone.
In June 2010, Chilean police picked him up as he tried to flee from Santiago. Initially, he confessed to murdering Flores, but later retracted his statements.
“The girl intruded into my private life. … We argued, and she tried to escape. I grabbed her by the neck, and I hit her,” was Van der Sloot’s alleged statement to police.
Police believe he killed Flores as she used his laptop to find out about his role in the Natalee Holloway case. Mr. Van der Sloot is believed to have murdered Holloway, who disappeared in 2005 from Aruba. He remains the lead suspect but has not been indicted.
Peruvian prosecutors are going for a thirty-year life sentence for the murder and robbery of Flores. They are also seeking a restitution payment that would go to her family. Originally, the Flores family sought the death penalty against Mr. Van der Sloot.