Prime suspect in the disappearance of NATALEE HOLLOWAY, Dutch thug JORAN van der SLOOT‘s lawyer says translators are too scared to get close to the killer, placing his case in jeopardy.
Joran’s lawyer told RadarOnline.com that translators are "too scared" to get involved with his controversial client and that the accused killer should be released if he is not questioned again with a qualified translator.
And despite local reports that say the government has completed its investigation and the public prosecutor is about to decide whether to proceed with the case or not, Peruvian lawyer Max Altez Navarro remains skeptical.
The lawyer — who says he has received death threats — believes that any confession van der Sloot previously made was illegal and that if he is not formally questioned again with a proper translator within 18 months of being in jail, then he should automatically be released.
Navarro said: "I applied for another extension but I have not heard anything back yet. there are still a lot of things that they need to sort out – there will be no quick trial in this case.
"I believe that the translators are too scared to take on the case; it is like a hot potato, and there are not a lot of them in Peru who can speak Dutch anyways.
"I spoke with Joran today and his spirits were good. He was exercising and he is in regular contact with his mother.
"He was not moved into the general population either and is still being held in the isolation unit where he is treated well.
"I’m limited as to what I can say because he has a Dutch lawyer working with him also – it is not easy, but we are doing our best for him."
And the dispute has been further complicated because the Dutch embassy claims it’s not their responsibility to find another translator for him.
Van der Sloot has been in a Peruvian prison since June 2010, accused of murdering 21-year-old student Stephany Flores, the daughter of a prominent Peruvian businessman.