Van der Sloot: I Was 'Tricked' Into Confession
Prisoner claims police intimidated him into signing
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2010 6:57 AM CDT
In this photo taken June 11, 2010 and obtained by The Associated Press, Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot holds his inmate number before been transferred to the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima.   (AP Photo/America Television Channel, Domingo al Dia)
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(Newser) – Joran Van der Sloot has retracted his confession to murdering Stephany Flores, claiming he was “tricked” into signing it. “I was very scared and confused during the interrogations and wanted to get away,” Van der Sloot told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, adding that police promised a confession would get him transferred back to the Netherlands. “In my blind panic, I signed everything, but didn't even know what it said.”

“I was tricked” and intimidated by police, Van der Sloot said, temptingly adding, “I'll explain later how it all happened.” He added that rats crawl through his toilet hole and into his cell at night, the AP reports.