Van Der Sloot Lawyer Quits After Death Threats

'This isn't for me,' says Peruvian attorney

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 16, 2010 1:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Joran Van der Sloot's lawyer is dropping the highly charged case because he was targeted by death threats. "I've received threats, many threatening e-mails. I'm an older person. This isn't for me," Maximo Altez, 54, told AP. Altez will continue representing Van der Sloot only until the accused murderer's family members arrive in Peru within the next few days.

Joran van der Sloot, center, is escorted by police officers before being transported in a police car in Lima, last week.
Joran van der Sloot, center, is escorted by police officers before being transported in a police car in Lima, last week.   (AP Photo)
Joran van der Sloot holds his inmate number before being transferred to the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima.
Joran van der Sloot holds his inmate number before being transferred to the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima.   (AP Photo/America Television Channel, Domingo al Dia)
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