Confession Was Forced: Van der Sloot Lawyer

Police will take suspect on a crime-scene walk through today
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2010 4:00 AM CDT
In a June 4, 2010 file photo Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot is escorted by police officers outside a Peruvian police station, near the border with Chile in Tacna, Peru.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro/file)
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(Newser) – Joran Van der Sloot was forced to confess he murdered Stephany Flores, the suspect's Dutch lawyer has said. "Joran told his mother crying Monday that he was being interrogated under reasonably barbaric conditions," the lawyer told a Dutch newspaper yesterday. On Monday, Van der Sloot tearfully confessed to grabbing Flores by the neck and hitting her because she had viewed images about the 2005 Natalee Holloway murder, in which he is the key suspect, on his computer while he was out buying coffee.

Peruvian police will be taking Van der Sloot on a crime scene walk-through of his Lima hotel room, site of last week's killing of 21-year-old business student Flores, the AP reports. Police said Flores met Van der Sloot playing poker at a casino. Video from hotel security cameras shows the two entering Van der Sloot's room together at 5am May 30 and Van der Sloot leaving alone four hours later with his bags. Police say he also left the hotel briefly at 8:10am and returned with two cups of coffee and bread purchased across the street at a supermarket.

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