Joran van der Sloot Sues Chilean Government Over Extradition to Peru

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Jagajeet Chiba
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Joran van der Sloot Sues Chilean Government

Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man suspected in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005, is suing the Chilean government for more than $13 million, alleging his human rights were violated.  Chile extradited Van der Sloot to Peru where he is currently being held for the 2010 murder of Peruvian college student Stephany Flores. 

Van der Sloot met Ms. Flores while attending the Latin American Poker Tour in Lima.  The two were seen on video surveillance entering Van der Sloot’s hostel room.  She did not come out of the room alive after suffering fatal blunt blows to the head.  The Dutch man fled the room with some of Flores’ credit cards and was later captured in Chile. 

"The lawsuit is against the Chilean government, for having violated Joran van der Sloot's basic human rights," his Peruvian lawyer Aldo Cotrina told In Session. The suit was filed September 4 with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington.

"Maybe they won't accept my analysis in Peru, because they feel this is the way things have always been done," said Cotrina, who is based in New York. "But I believe there are universal human rights and we have to respect those rights. We can't say that because someone is accused of killing a person, you can violate all their rights."

- Jagajeet Chiba,