Joran van der Sloot charged with murder in Peru

Over a year after his arrest, Joran van der Sloot was officially charged with first degree murder and theft in Peru. Prosecutors are asking for a thirty year jail sentence and a restitution payment to Flores’ family of 200,000 soles (about $73,100).

They have also charged the three Peruvian drivers that took Van der Sloot across the border to Chile as he was trying to flee the country. They are asking for a five year jail sentence and a restitution payment to the state of 5,000 soles (about $1,800).

From In Session's Jean Casarez:

Peruvian law states that with formal charges being filed, the case now becomes public meaning any court hearings including the trial will be open to the public.  The “investigative” portion of the case conducted by the judge has now concluded. For one year now, the judge has been interviewing witnesses in his chambers and conducting by himself the discovery portion of the case. This information was handed over to prosecutors and they determined what formal charges would be filed. The defense also has all of the information from the court’s investigation.

Currently, there is no set date for van der Sloot's trial.

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