Fox News: Joran van der Sloot lied during confession

June 11th, 2010 - 5:34 am ICT by BNO News  

Joran van der Sloot NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — Fox News reports that Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, who remains the prime suspect in the disappearance of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway, lied during his confession in which he admitted to murdering a Peruvian woman.

Van der Sloot is accused of killing 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez in the morning of May 30, the fifth anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance, at a hotel in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

Police earlier said he confessed to murdering Flores after she found out he was a suspect in Holloway’s disappearance. “I did not want to do it,” Van der Sloot, 22, said in his confession to police. He said that, at 8.10 a.m. local time, he went for a coffee at a gas station near the hotel. When he returned to the room, he saw Flores using his laptop. “The girl saw private things. She had no right. I approached her and she was scared,” he continued. “We discussed it and she tried to escape, and I took her neck and hit her.”

The body of Flores was found at the Tac Hotel in Lima, the capital of Peru, on June 2. She had gone missing after she left a local casino with Van der Sloot. Video footage released by police showed the pair entering the hotel at around 5.30 a.m.

Van der Sloot fled Peru after the murder and was later taken into custody in Chile. He was quickly deported to Peru - where he now faces murder charges.

On Thursday, Fox News - citing a police source - reported that Van der Sloot lied during his confession in which he said he killed Flores for what she had found on his laptop. “Eventually, after more interrogation from police, police were able to ascertain from Joran that he had planned to rob Stephanie, not that he killed her because she saw info on his computer,” Fox News reported.

The source said Van der Sloot is likely to be charged with premeditated aggravated homicide, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 35 years.

Natalee Holloway went missing on May 30, 2005 during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. The case received international media attention, but her body was never found.

Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in her disappearance, and made several ‘confessions’ during interviews with hidden cameras. Real evidence, however, was never found and the taped confessions to undercover journalists did not constitute legal evidence.

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