Joran van der Sloot faces 30 years imprisonmentPOSTED: 08/29/11 12:19 PM
LIMA – The Peruvian Public Prosecutors’ Office told Dutch news agency ANP it will seek a 30-year jail sentence against Joran van der Sloot, a key player in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, and a suspect in the killing of Peruvian student Stephanie Flores in a Lima hotel room exactly five years later, on 30 May 2010.
The public prosecutor rejected Van der Sloot’s defense that the killing was triggered by a violent outburst of emotion. His lawyers tried to persuade the prosecutor to charge their client with manslaughter, which carries a sentence of between 6 and 20 years.
The public prosecutor will ask the court to order the suspect to pay 200,000 Peruvian soles in penalties, around $72,000.
It is not yet clear when the trial will start. The Prosecutor’s Office has submitted the indictment and the jail term it seeks. The trial date will be set by the court at a later time.
Van der Sloot was arrested on June 3 of last year in Chile near the coastal resort of Viña del Mar. He was extradited to Peru two days later and has been in custody in Lima’s Castro Castro prison since June 11 of last year.
The three taxi drivers who drove Van der Sloot to the Chilean border will be indicted for obstructing justice. They face a five-year prison sentence and a 5,000 soles fine ($1,800).