Joran Van Der Sloot Declines to Talk to Judge: Habeas Corpus
Joran Van Der Sloot Declined to Talk to Judge Carlos Morales: Says His Reason is the Motion for Habeas corpus
When Judge Carlos Morales visited Van Der Sloot on Monday at Miguel Castro Castro prison, the prisoner declined to give any statement according to the AFP and says he wants to know the decision of his habeas corpus petition first.
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The reason he gave was the ongoing motion for habeas corpus, which he hopes will nullify the statements he gave to police that led to his imprisonment.
Habeas corpus is an action by which a person can petition for release from unlawful detention. Among other reasons, it can be used in cases where a person feels they are being harmed by the judicial system as in the case of what Van Der Sloot believes.
The defense has asked for the proceedings in to the death of Stephany Flores to be suspended until that decision on Van Der Sloot's habeas corpus has been reached. The court has not made a decision regarding this request.
A court statement confirmed that van der Sloot "would not make a statement" and was awaiting the decision on his habeas corpus petition which seeks "to invalidate statements before the police because, he said, they would compromise his right of defense."
Peruvian police stand by their statement that Van Der Sloot's confession was obtained legally and that he admitted to the murder himself; he was not pressured to do so.
Van Der Sloot's attorney Maximo Altez told the AFP that his client's confession was obtained without a lawyer present and that his computer was searched with no warrant. Police said a government-appointed attorney was present and that the investigation was conducted in the correct manner.
The court is also asking for psychological and psychiatric evaluations to be conducted on Van Der Sloot. It is thought that the investigation could take up to a year before the trial even begins.