Joran’s case involves multiple countries and jurisdictions which can seriously slow down the process. He is a Dutch citizen living in Aruba suspected of crimes involving Peruvian and American citizens. He was arrested in Chile and has recently been indicted by Federal officials in Birmingham of wire fraud and extortion for allegedly taking money from the Holloway family for information about Natalee.
Armed with a new lawyer, Maximo Altez, whose strategy is “paralyzing the process,” they are taking every step they can to ensure this draws out as long as possible. Joran has just sued the Peruvian attorney who represented him when he confessed to killing Stephany Flores Ramires, claiming he was unqualified for the job.
“We have searched the name of Luz Romero Chinchay in the list of public defenders provided by the Ministry of Justice and her name was not on the list,” Altez told the Associated Press. “We do not know why the police called this lawyer. We want to know who paid for her because my client did not.”
Also being sued is Col. Miguel Canila, the homicide squad chief who led the interrogation resulting in Joran’s confession.
If the court finds in Joran’s favor in either of these cases, his confession could be thrown out.
The court does not seem to be on his side thus far. Joran recanted a confession he made in a newspaper interview and filed a petition to have it thrown out as evidence. The ruling—the confession stays in.