Joran van der Sloot loses his lawyer

Joran van der Sloot, who is charged with murdering a young Peruvian woman, needs new legal representation following the resignation on Tuesday of his lawyer Maximo Altez.

Altez is fed up with arguing with his client about money and the defence strategy to be followed. His resignation is likely to delay Van der Sloot’s trial, reports the Telegraaf.
The lawyer has also had to contend with American lawyers who are also representing Van der Sloot. Last week one of them said the Dutchman is prepared to face extradition to the US. But Altez said this is nonsense because Peru does not have an extradition treaty with the US.
The resignation also comes at an inopportune moment, with Van der Sloot due to face a pro-forma hearing in Peru next week. The public prosecutor will present evidence in the death of Stephany Flores and her father will be in court.
Altez told the Telegraaf he would be prepared to represent Van der Sloot in a separate case dealing with the violation of his human rights following his arrest.
Van der Sloot is also suspected of involvement in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba nearly six years ago.

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