Peruvian Justice Minister Francisco Eguiguren says about 2 000 foreign prisoners who have been detained for minor offenses, could have their sentences commuted or be extradited to their home countries to serve their sentence.
But they're making clear the proposal wouldn't include people charged with murder, terrorism or other serious crimes. In other words, people like Joran van der Sloot.
The Dutch national is waiting trial on murder/robbery charges and there has been consistent speculation he's trying to do a deal to serve any sentence back in The Netherlands.
The body of 21 year old student Stephany Flores was found in van der Sloot's Lima hotel room. Van der Sloot had fled to neighboring Chile where he was arrested and returned to Lima. The subsequent investigation and interrogation prompted a variety of procedural appeals...all of which have been denied by local courts. He claims he killed Flores in a fit of rage after she found material relating to Natalee Holloway on his laptop. Police say it was robbery and murder...that the Holloway material was accessed a day before Flores died.
In a macabre twist, Flores corpse was discovered five years to the day that Natalee Holloway disappeared. The Mountain Brook teen was on a graduation trip to Aruba in 2005. She left an Oranjestad bar with van der Sloot and two of his friends. She was never seen again.
Van der Sloot was questioned by Aruban authorities but never charged. He is still considered the prime suspect in the case. Van der Sloot has told a variety of stories of what happened that night...including a hidden camera confession. He's subsequently denied all of those accounts.
In addition to the murder charges in Peru, he's also been indicted by a federal grand jury here in Birmingham. The FBI says van der Sloot promised the Holloway family information about Natalee's fate, took their money, and never provided the information. He's charged with wire fraud and extortion.