Van der Sloot case stagnates in Peru
Monday 23 August 2010
The legal process against Joran van der Sloot, who is accused of murdering a Peruvian woman, has ground to a halt, the 22-year-old Dutchman's laywer told Peruvian tv station Panamericana Televisión on Saturday night.
Lawyer Máximo Altez told the programme the case is stagnating because no official interpreter can be found, it is widely reported in Dutch newspapers on Monday.
Van der Sloot is accused of murdering 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30 in his hotel room in Lima. He originally confessed to the murder but is now trying to get the confession nullified.
Panamericana Televisión showed a letter from the Peruvian association of translators and interpreters which said it has no one who can translate from Spanish into Dutch. It also showed a letter from the Dutch embassy in which it says it has no official interpreter available.
A spokesman for the foreign affairs ministry told the Telegraaf on Sunday evening that embassies always provide a list of lawyers and interpreters to nationals accused of crimes abroad, but does not provide interpreters itself.
Van der Sloot is also facing unrelated charges of extortion and wire fraud in Alabama, US and was twice arrested and released in connection with the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway on Aruba five years ago.