Joran van der Sloot's lawyer is trying to get his confession of murder thrown out. Van der Sloot says he was tricked into giving a confession by Peru's police. But Peruvian legal experts say the confession is likely to stand.
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Peruvian legal experts say it is unlikely that the judge hearing the case of Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman accused of killing a Peruvian woman in late May, will toss out a confession he gave to local police officers admitting to the murder.
Mr. Van der Sloot’s lawyer presented Judge Carlos Morales with a legal writ for unlawful arrest, or habeas corpus, arguing that his confession to the murder of Stephany Flores, a Lima university student, was obtained under false pretenses and should be struck from the record.
In the only interview granted since his arrest June 3, Van der Sloot told Holland’s De Telegraaf that he admitted to the murder because police officers told him that this way he could be sent to Aruba, his home.
“A habeas corpus petition is not relevant in this case. He confessed to the police not the judge, making the confession part of the evidentiary process. The confession alone is not transcendental to the case,” says Ricardo Brousset, who heads Peru’s national court for cases involving terrorism and organized crime.