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.


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