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Van der Sloot Not Talking to Peruvian Judge; Stephany Flores Murder Suspect Again Recants Confession

Joran van der Sloot (CBS/AP)

Joran van der Sloot (CBS/AP)
AMSTERDAM (CBS/AP) Joran van der Sloot apparently loves to talk - but not to the judge investigating his murder case.

PICTURES: Van der Sloot Hotel Room Crime Scene

Three weeks after the slaying of Stephany Flores, van der Sloot was expected to answer questions from a Peruvian judge Monday about his involvement in her death.

Instead, CBS News reports the 22-year-old Dutchman refused to discuss the case and, once again, recanted his original confession.

Graphic crime scene photos, obtained exclusively by 48 Hours | Mystery from sources close to the investigation and published exclusively by Crimesider, show a severely beaten Flores, her body badly bruised, her clothes stained with blood.

The Peruvian judge went to the Miguel Castro Castro Prison to interrogate van der Sloot about the death of the 21-year-old Flores, in his Lima hotel room May 30.

International Criminal Defense Attorney Dan Conaway explained on CBS News' "The Early Show" Tuesday that van der Sloot refusing to talk to the judge isn't actually as bad as it sounds.

Peru has an inquisitorial justice system, which means the judge acts in much the same capacity as the prosecutor, asking questions, investigating, etc. So van der Sloot keeping tight-lipped is really just his lawyers correctly telling him to keep quiet during the investigation.

Ultimately, though, Conaway says he doesn't think the confession will be thrown out, because van der Sloot did have counsel present when he made it, though the counsel was court-appointed and not his own.

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  • Edecio Martinez

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