Joran van der Sloot arrives in Lima to face murder charges

June 6th, 2010 - 2:51 am ICT by BNO News  

joran LIMA, PERU (BNO NEWS) — A Dutchman who is being accused of murdering a young woman in Peru –and is the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway– was deported from Chile where he was detained on Thursday and arrived in Lima on Saturday.

Joran van der Sloot, 22, was paraded before the press at Peru’s police headquarters in Lima. He was handcuffed and wearing a bulletproof vest.

On early Wednesday, the body of 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez was found in Van der Sloot’s room at the Tac Hotel in Lima, the capital of Peru.

Van der Sloot fled Peru two days earlier, on Monday afternoon, but was detained by officers of the Chilean Investigation Police (PDI) on Thursday afternoon at around 12.30 p.m. local time. He was located at Highway 68 in a taxi, in which he was going to Santiago

Chilean police on Friday deported Van der Sloot to Tacna in Southern Peru, where he was taken into custody by Peruvian police.

He was initially the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, an American teenager who went missing on May 30, 2005 during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Her body was never found, and Van der Sloot has made conflicting statements, including a statement in which he said he dumped Holloway’s body in the sea.

Also on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance announced that Van der Sloot has been charged with extortion and wire fraud after he reportedly tried to extort $250,000 from Natalee Holloway’s mother in exchange for the location of her remains and the circumstances surrounding her death.

Earlier, the father of the Peruvian murder victim, Ricardo Flores, urged authorities to take action. “This is not his first murder. In 2005 he killed another girl,” Ricardo said, referring to Natalee Holloway. “But because the body was not found, he was released.”

The father added, “I don’t want to see more people suffering. I want to avoid that this man continues to kill.”

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