Image: Joran van der Sloot, center, with Peruvian police
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Joran van der Sloot, center, is escorted by Peruvian police after he was arrested last year in in Lima in the killing of Stephany Flores. staff and news service reports
updated 6/8/2011 2:23:17 PM ET 2011-06-08T18:23:17

The key suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway is due in court Wednesday on his Peru murder case.

Joran van der Sloot is scheduled to appear along with the father of Stephany Flores — the woman he is charged with murdering, Dutch radio reported.

Some of Stephany Flores' property was found in Van der Sloot’s possession at the time of his arrest, according to Peruvian media reports.

Image: Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway of Mountain Brook, Ala., who disapperared in Aruba in 2005 when she was on a graduation trip.

The closed hearing will take place in the Castro Castro jail, where Van der Sloot has been detained since last June. He is charged with murdering the 21-year-old student May 30, 2010, in a Lima hotel room.

Van der Sloot’s lawyer, Máximo Altez, said he was withdrawing from the case at the end of May due to a difference in opinion about a defense strategy. He has said he will continue to defend Van der Sloot until a new lawyer is found.

Altez told Radio Netherlands Worldwide that he believed fundamental errors were made in the police investigation.

Ricardo Flores, Stephany’s father, was recently elected to parliament.

Flores was killed five years to the day after Holloway disappeared. Flores' body was found in Van der Sloot's Lima hotel room, and a coroner's report said she had been bludgeoned and asphyxiated.

Image: The Flores family
Ricardo Flores, center, poses with his children Stephany, right, and Ricardo, at a beach.

Under an agreement signed last month van der Sloot could serve part of his sentence in the Netherlands if he is convicted of murdering Flores.

The foreign ministers of the two countries agreed that Dutch prisoners in Peru and Peruvians jailed in the Netherlands could apply to complete their prison terms in their homeland once their appeal processes were completed.

Holloway, from Mountain Brook, Ala., outside Birmingham, disappeared during a post-high school graduation trip to Aruba.

Van der Sloot has never been charged in Holloway's disappearance but last year was accused of attempting to extort money from Holloway's mother for information in the teen's disappearance. The investigation and charges were based on the results of an investigation by the two offices in Birmingham.

Peruvian authorities in March provided the FBI with a copy of van der Sloot's laptop hard drive., The Birmingham New reported.

Holloway's mother hosts a Lifetime Television show called "Vanished with Beth Holloway," which features unresolved cases of abductions and disappearances.

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Timeline: The Natalee Holloway case


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