Van der Sloot lawyer quits

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The Peruvian lawyer defending Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot says he's no longer willing to work with his client.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports that Máximo Altez has been at odds with Joran van der Sloot for quite some time. The Dutchman is awaiting his trial on charges of killing Stephany Flores, the daughter of a well-known Peruvian businessman.

Mr Van der Sloot and his lawyer don’t see eye to eye on a number of issues, including the appropriate defence strategy. There have also apparently been disputes over the payment of bills.

Altez’ decision comes on the eve of the first pro-forma hearing in the Flores case. The Peruvian student was found dead on 30 May 2010 in a Lima hotel room rented in Mr Van der Sloot’s name.


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