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Van der Sloot's lawyer files for reduced sentence

By Manuel Vigo

“I am questioning the content of the sentence and asking for a reduction of the years [of the sentence],” Van der Sloot’s lawyer said.

Van der Sloot's lawyer files for reduced sentence

Joran Van der Sloot during trial (Photo: Andina)

On Monday, Joran Van der Sloot’s lawyer, Luis Jimenez, filed a motion to reduce the Dutchman’s 28-year prison sentence.


"I am questioning the content of the sentence and asking for a reduction of the years [of the sentence]," Jimenez said to El Comercio.


He did not say how many years he wanted the sentence reduced by.


Jimenez said the request was being made because the court said the defendant had not collaborated with authorities.


The Dutchman’s lawyer argues the opposite is true.


"He was not captured in Chile, he turned himself in […] and gave details of how he had committed the crime."


On January 11, Van der Sloot was sentenced to 28 years in prison, for the murder of Stephany Flores.


During the trial Jimenez asked the court to keep in mind the Dutchman’s fragile state of mind, and claimed Van der Sloot was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder on the day of the Flores murder.


The court is expected to rule on the motion soon, reported El Comercio.


Van der Sloot is currently imprisoned at Piedras Gordas prison, in Ancon.