dinsdag 29 juni 2010

Van der Sloot to take incarceration fight to top court, attorney says

(CNN) -- Joran van der Sloot, whose claim of unlawful incarceration was denied last week, will appeal and fight to the Peruvian Supreme Court and international courts if necessary, his attorney said Monday.

Van der Sloot, a 22-year-old Dutch citizen, is jailed pending trial on charges of first-degree murder and robbery in the May 30 death of Peruvian student Stephany Flores, 21.

In an attempt to nullify a confession he gave police, van der Sloot claimed his civil rights were violated following his arrest. A judge Friday ruled his confession and detention stand.

His legal strategy now is to "paralyze the process," his lawyer, Maximo Altez, said.

Altez said van der Sloot will use every possible law that is available to him, and that if he exhausts Peruvian courts, they will reach out to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. He maintains that his client's rights have been violated.

The attorney, who has been in touch with both van der Sloot and his family, said the Dutchman is a little "depressed," as anyone in prison would be.

A court document shows Flores had a cranial fracture and other injuries to her face and neck, and she showed signs she had been asphyxiated.

Forensic tests in the hotel room where her body was found showed blood on the floors, hallway and mattress, the document said.

According to transcripts of van der Sloot's confession, he said he elbowed Flores in the face before strangling her and then suffocating her with his shirt.

The transcripts were provided to CNN by a police source who has not been named because he was not authorized to release the material.

Van der Sloot told authorities he attacked Flores on May 30 after she read an e-mail on his computer connected with the Holloway case.

After killing Flores, police say, van der Sloot took money and bank cards from her wallet and fled to Chile, where he was arrested June 3.

He was returned the next day to Peru.

Van der Sloot is being held in a high-security area of Miguel Castro Castro Prison where only two of 10 cells are occupied and he has no contact with the general prison population.

Van der Sloot is also a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba, though he has not been charged in that crime.


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