Joran van der Sloot says he signed murder confession in 'blind panic'
Joran van der Sloot wouldn't talk to a Peruvian judge assigned his case. Joran van der Sloot tells newspaper he signed confession out of 'blind panic.'
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"I was tricked," the paper quoted Van der Sloot as saying of Flores' killing. "I'll explain later how it all happened."
A self-avowed compulsive liar, Van der Sloot has several times made and retracted admissions of involvement in Holloway's disappearance.
He is being held in a segregated block of Castro Castro prison, having asked to be separated from the main prison population out of fear for his life.
For now he has his own 6½-by-11½-foot (2-by-3.5-meter) cell, which is adjacent to that of a reputed Colombian hit man, with whom he shares a television set.
Van der Sloot told De Telegraaf that rats crawl into his cell through the toilet hole at night.
She said she doesn't believe he killed Holloway. But she said if it turns out he killed Flores, "he'll have to pay the price," and she doesn't plan to visit him in jail.
Altez, the defense lawyer, told The Associated Press on Monday that relatives of Van der Sloot would arrive in Lima next week but did not specify whether his mother would be among them.
Holloway's father, Dave Holloway, has called on Van der Sloot to reveal anything he knows about the location of Natalee Holloway's body, which has never been found. Van der Sloot has said he will only talk about the matter with Aruban authorities.
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