Van der Sloot Clams Up in Court

Murder suspect refuses to answer Peruvian judge's questions
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2010 2:50 PM CDT
Van der Sloot Clams Up in Court
A police officer speaks as foreign journalists wait at the entrance of the Miguel Castro Castro prison before the start of an audience for Joran van der Sloot, June 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)

(Newser) – Joran Van der Sloot appeared in court in Lima today but refused to answer a judge's questions, reports CNN. He says his rights were violated when he was questioned by Peruvian police and confessed to the murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez, Van der Sloot's lawyer said after the hearing. The 22-year-old now says he was "tricked" into confessing, a Dutch newspaper reported today.

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