Joran Van der Sloot Has Earned Everything That's Coming His Way

Murder suspect Joran Van der Sloot is a name that fills most of us with raw hatred, and he isn't likely to win any new fans with the latest news. Van der Sloot, who is set to start trial for the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru on January 6, has filed a lawsuit against Flores' father and several others, including former Peruvian President Alan Garcia, Chile's former interior minister, and several police generals.

Van der Sloot claims his human rights were violated when he was extradited from Chile to Peru and he wants $10 million in damages. It's hard to muster even the slightest bit of sympathy for someone who is on trial for murder in one country and is widely suspected as having something to do with the disappearance of American tourist Natalee Holloway back in 2005 in Aruba.


If he is innocent and his rights were indeed violated, then he is a victim. But no one in their right mind sees him that way.

Van der Sloot accuses Garcia of using "pressure" to force the Chilean government to extradite Van der Sloot. He also claims that he was denied the right to contact his family while in custody and that he wasn't provided a defense attorney.

Obviously, this isn't the correct way to treat a suspect who is, of course, innocent until proven otherwise. But Van der Sloot isn't exactly anyone's favorite victim. Even in the best of circumstances, assuming he is innocent of all charges and suspicions, he has allegedly been involved in human trafficking, drugs, and other dubious pursuits. 

Van der Sloot is like the spoiled little rich kid no one feels bad for. In the early days of the Holloway investigation, most people felt like he was slick and many still think he got away with murdering the pretty young American girl.

Now, at 24, he stands accused of murdering another young woman, just 21 when she was killed, allegedly at his hand. Nothing he has done gives me any indication he has a respect for women or for life itself. So no, he probably doesn't deserve $10 million.

On the other hand, if any of this does affect his ability to get through his trial and pay for what he allegedly did, then yes, these people acted terribly. For once, it would be nice to see all the proper procedures followed and for Van der Sloot to finally have to answer for the crimes he is accused of committing.

Do you think Van der Sloot is right to sue?


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