Joran van der Sloot (PICTURES): Five Things You Need To Know
The Dutchman who has long been under suspicion in the 2005 disappearance of American Natalee Holloway, is now being hotly pursued by authorities in South America, after police in Peru declared him the prime suspect in the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores.
Flores' body was found Sunday in a Lima hotel room registered in van der Sloot's name, authorities said. Van der Sloot has since fled to Chile, according to officials there.
Here are five things you should know about Joran van der Sloot and the trouble that's trailing him:
1. van der Sloot's father, Paulus, was a lawyer and judge on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, where Natalee Holloway disappeared. Paulus van der Sloot died of a heart attack at 57 in February, 2010, while playing tennis.
2. van der sloot, who's 22, was arrested twice but later released for lack of evidence in the Holloway disappearance, although he is still considered the prime suspect. She was last seen leaving a bar with van der Sloot on the final night of a high school trip.
3. van der Sloot confessed on several occasions to disposing of Holloway's body in Aruba. But prosecutors in Aruba have said his statements were "not credible," and in one case "held together by lies and fantasy."
4. van der Sloot was in Peru for a poker tournament, according to Peruvian police.
5. The father of Stephany Flores, Ricardo Flores, has been a racecar driver and political candidate in Peru.
Also -- the alleged murder of Stephany Flores in Lima occurred May 30, 2010, exactly five years to the day since Natalee Holloway disappeared.
Joran van der Sloot's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, said his client "has been falsely accused of murder once before. The fact is he wears a bull's-eye on his back now and he is a quote-unquote 'usual suspect' when it comes to allegations of foul play."MEDIA
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