zondag 1 augustus 2010

Joran van der Sloot's first on camera interview conducted by Gerry Wagschal

Joran van der Sloot ''Crimescene foto's hotelkamer

Alphenaar speelt hoofdrol in film over Joran van der Sloot -

Een film over Joran van der Sloot

Moeder Joran van der Sloot spreekt

zaterdag 31 juli 2010

Peru: Defense of Joran van der Sloot may be trying to plead insanity

The defense of Dutch national Joran van der Sloot may be trying to allege that he is insane, thus not indictable of the killing of Stephany Flores, reports local press.

The latest public declarations of his Peruvian lawyer, Máximo Altez, stress that van der Sloot is “a sick person.”

During an interview for a local TV news program, Altez emphasized that “any psychiatric assessment performed on him, either here or in any other country, will indicate that Joran is a sick person.”

However, reports issued by Peruvian psychologists that actually talked to van der Sloot state that he does not suffer from any mental disorder that prevents him from being conscious of his actions, indicating that he has “an intelligence among normal ranges, and can distinguish right from wrong.”

Specialists interviewed by the same TV news program remarked that van der Sloot did not lose consciousness when he committed murder, and it is not possible to say that he was carried away by an violent emotion.

Van der Sloot, charged with the murder of Stephany Flores and still the main suspect of the disappearance of US teen Natalee Holloway, is currently jailed in Castro Castro prison in Lima, waiting for his trial.


Joran Van Der Sloot Investigated for Trafficking Thai Women

Joran Van der Sloot, the 22-year-old Dutch playboy who is the main suspect in the high profile murders of Natalie Holloway and Stephany Flores already has the governments of the U.S., Aruba, and Peru pretty livid. But now, he can add Thailand to that list, as Thai authorities are currently investigating him for being part of a human trafficking ring. And if Van der Sloot really did lead a trafficking ring, it's possible he has claimed other, unknown victims.

After escaping the first round of charges for Natalie Holloway's murder/disappearance in 2008, Van der Sloot allegedly fled to Thailand. There, he adopted an alias and began telling young women he was a production assistant for a modeling company. He offered them modeling work in Europe with his company, a company that did not exist. He convinced several young women to travel to Europe this way. Some of them came back to Thailand, their modeling dreams unfulfilled. Some were never heard from again. Did the women Van der Sloot send from Thailand to Europe end up in the sex industry? Police are still uncertain, but it certainly wouldn't be the first time a fake modeling offer was used as a cover for human trafficking.

If Van der Sloot really is a serial killer or violent sociopath, as some have theorized, then his involvement in a human trafficking ring may mean Holloway and Flores were not his only victims. Trafficked women are often estranged from families and friends (either before or as a result of the trafficking), making them easier to abuse. That also makes it easier for them to disapear. Natalie Holloway and Stephany Flores were both young women from families of means with strong connections, who have made sure their murders are investigated. But if ten poor Thai women take modeling contracts in Europe and only nine make it there, fewer people will notice. A trafficking ring would be an ideal place for a killer to prey on unprotected victims anonymously.

Thai law enforcement are currently pursuing criminal charges against Van der Sloot, who is still being held in a Peruvian jail for Stephany Flores's murder. He is also still being investigated by U.S. and Aruban police for Natalie Holloway's murder. So even if Thailand can find enough evidence to charge Van der Sloot with human trafficking, they're going to have to wait in what's becoming a pretty long line.