maandag 21 juni 2010

Joran van der Sloot Says He Was Tricked into Murder Confession

Joran van der Sloot is now claiming that he was tricked into confessing that he killed Peruvian Stephany Flores and says that he will "explain later" what really happened.

Joran's mother tells Dutch newspaper her son could have killed Peruvian woman.

More PhotosThe Dutch playboy also complained that he has to share his prison cellblock with a Colombian murderer, a corrupt Peruvian general and rats that creep into his cell through the toilet at night.

Van der Sloot, 22, is accused of murdering Flores and is the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba five years ago.

His claim of being fooled into confessing to murder came one day after his mother, Anita van der Sloot, conceded that her son "could have done something" to Flores and that she could no longer hug him.

Her son, however, is now insisting that he didn't realize he was signing a murder confession, which was written in Spanish. Van der Sloot speaks some Spanish.

"During the interrogations I was very frightened and confused, and I wanted to leave," van der Sloot told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf in the notorious Castro Castro jail in Lima, Peru.

"'If you sign these papers you will be extradited to the Netherlands,' they were telling me all the time. In my blind panic I then signed everything, but I did not even know what was written down," he told the newspaper.

When asked about the murder of Flores, van der Sloot replied, "I have been framed. What happened exactly, I will explain later."

In the alleged confession, van der Sloot is quoted as saying he met Flores at a Lima casino and they were playing poker in his room when an email popped up on his computer linking him to the Holloway case.

He claims Flores became upset and struck him. Enraged, van der Sloot allegedly smashed her in the nose with his elbow. Blood gushed out and she nearly fainted from the blow, the confession states. He then grabbed her by the throat and banged her head against the wall, the confession says. He finally used his shirt to smother her, according to the reputed confession.

As ABC News reported at the time of his arrest, van der Sloot appeared confused before signing some police documents. He even asked his interrogatiors, "This only says I understand what my rights are, correct?"

The murder suspect today is scheduled to be brought before a judge in Lima who will interrogate him.

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