Dutch man pleads guilty to murder in Peru, fights extradition to the US

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Joran Van der Sloot, 24, a Dutch citizen, pleaded guilty on Wednesday 9 May, to the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old Peruvian woman he met at a Lima casino.

Flores murder took place five years to the day after Natalie Holloway, an American student on holidays, disappeared on Aruba, the Dutch dependency where the young man grew up.

Van der Sloot remains the main suspect in Holloway’s murder and faces an indictment in the US for allegedly accepting money in exchange for an unfulfilled promise to lead to the victim’s body.

The Dutch man’s lawyer says his client will fight extradition.

Van der Sloot could be released on parole after serving a third of his 28-year sentence for killing Flores.

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