LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Joran van der Sloot was charged today while the case of Natalee Holloway remains unsolved. Joran van der Sloot was finally charged today in the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez. In June 2010 LALATE first broke details that Peruvian Stephany Flores Ramirez had been found dead in Lima. Since that date, Van der Sloot has been the lead suspect.
At the time, Cesar Guardia, head of the Criminal Investigation Department (Dirincri), said that security cameras spotted the two youths together on Hotel property. Guardia told press that Van De Sloot had arrived in Lima from Colombia on May 14 for an international poker event.
Flores was found dead in the Miraflores Hotel Tac in Lima that month. Flores was last seen with Joran on Casino security cameras leaving the facility in the predawn hours.
Flores’ father told news at the time that at 2:45 am Stephany walked away from friends at the hotel casino. “She retired at 5:16 a.m. from Casino with Mr. Joran Van Der Sloot.” “I hope that this crime does not go unpunished.”
Prosecutors today told news that they are charging Joran with murder. His trial date has not been announced to news. Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison sentence, restitution of $73,000 to Stephany Flores’s family, and are charging Joran with both murder and theft. They also are seeking five year sentences for three Peruvian drivers they claim helped Joran flee Peru to Chile.
Previously, Van Der Sloot’s attorneys advised him that, if he is found guilty for the murder of Flores, he could be subjected to a new extradition treaty between the Netherlands and Peru.
Joran van der Sloot was never charged in the death of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, but was arrested twice for her 2005 death. On May 30, 2005, Natalee Holloway left with Joran van der Sloot from Carlos’n Charlie’s in Aruba. The two were last spotted together by Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe.
Holloway was never seen again. Van der Sloot himself has denied killing Natalee stating “Her parents have been making my life tough for five years.”