Crime

Joran van der Sloot Retracts Murder Confession: I was Tricked

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AMSTERDAM -- A Dutch newspaper is reporting that accused murder suspect Joran van der Sloot has retracted his confession of killing Stephany Flores in Lima, Peru.

De Telegraaf, which interviewed van der Sloot in his prison cell, says the 22-year-old Dutchman claims he only confessed because the police used intimidation tactics and promised to move him to the Netherlands if such a confession was made.

"I was tricked," van der Sloot is quoted as saying. "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."

Beyond the Flores murder, which police say took place in the suspect's hotel room after the two met while playing poker, van der Sloot is the main suspect in the still unsolved disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

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Peruvian President Alan Garcia has said Van der Sloot will be tried for the Flores murder before any extradition request is considered. If convicted of killing Flores, van der Sloot faces between 15 to 35 years in prison in Peru.

However, some news outets have reported that prisoners in Peru routinely do half that time -- with good behavior.