Joran van der Sloot’s request to retract his confession to last month’s murder of Peruvian business student Stephany Flores has been termed “baseless” – and has been denied by a court in Lima, say reports.
The attorney for the Dutch murder suspect, 22, had claimed that his client’s statement confessing to the brutal beating of Flores was made under duress and should be invalidated, as it allegedly infringed upon his constitutional rights. The lawyer said he would help police re-interview van der Sloot.
The attorney says he will appeal Friday’s decision to let the confession stand.
On his own behalf, van der Sloot said from his cell at the maximum-security Miguel Castro Castro prison to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, “I was very scared and confused during the interrogations and wanted to get away. In my blind panic, I signed everything but didn’t even know what it said.”