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Van der Sloot faces murder charge in Peru

June 5, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The young Dutchman who is also suspected in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway arrived in Peru's capital Saturday to face charges in another murder.Joran van der Sloot was swiftly driven in a brown Interpol vehicle into Peru's police headquarters. He was then briefly paraded in front of the media wearing a bulletproof vest and handcuffs.

He did not look directly at journalists as they shouted questions at him. Onlookers hurled insults at the 22-year-old suspect.

Van der Sloot was extradited from Chile Friday, where he was arrested on a murder warrant. He is suspected of killing a young Peruvian woman five years after Natalee Holloway disappeared on Aruba after being seen with him.

But van der Sloot is proclaiming he is innocent in both cases.

Apparently caught on the run in Chile, van der Sloot, his head newly shaved, his hair dyed red. The thin disguise was not enough to evade international police.

Last Saturday night, van der Sloot was at a casino in Lima, Peru. At the same poker table was 21-year-old Stephany Flores. Security cameras later filmed the pair entering his hotel.

A few hours later, van der Sloot left. Four days later a maid discovered Flores's body in van der Sloot's hotel room with her neck broken. Van der Sloot told Chilean police that he did not kill Flores, but he did admit that he met her and at some point, they went to a casino.

ABC News has learned van der Sloot pre-paid 14 nights in his hotel room and instructed no one to enter. On Thursday the Flores family prepared to bury their daughter, something Natalee Holloway's family has never been able to do.

Five years ago, van der Sloot was the last person seen with Holloway on the night she disappeared in Aruba. Her body has never been found.

Van der Sloot, the prime suspect, was never charged due to a lack of evidence. In Peru, there is no death penalty, but he could face a lengthy prison sentence.

Van der Sloot is also wanted by authorities in Alabama on extortion charges. He's accused there of trying to exchange cash for details on where to find the Holloway's body.

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