A Joran van der Sloot video made from his cell in a high-security prison in Peru is just the latest rather bizarre tidbit to come to light regarding the man suspected of killing Natalee Holloway. The video was taken via a cellphone by van der Sloot and he says it was for his security. Joran was recently transferred to a new prison after allegedly threatening a guard at his previous prison.
NBC News shared the video, in which van der Sloot speaks in Spanish; the translation indicates that the prison director gave him the phone and he didn’t know why. The site also shows van der Sloot having his blood pressure taken and being frisked at the Challapalca Maximum Security Prison.
As People notes, van der Sloot, 27, is currently serving his sentence for the murder of Stephany Flores in 2010. The Dutch native received a sentence of 28 years for the Flores murder, which took place in 2010. The new prison is said to be a remote facility that is near the Bolivian border, about 15,700 feet up in the Andes mountains.
It seems that van der Sloot isn’t particularly happy about the change, as he reportedly went on a hunger strike last week to protest the prison’s conditions. Joran may eventually still face charges in the United States as well, though not necessarily for the murder of Natalee Holloway. Rather, he is accused of extorting $25,000 from Natalee’s mother Beth in exchange for information about where Natalee is. The teen went missing in 2005 and van der Sloot is reportedly the last one who saw her alive. Of course Joran never provided any meaningful information to Natalee’s mother.
Though he may still be brought back to the U.S. to face extortion charges, the Peruvian government says it won’t happen any time soon. They have said that van der Sloot needs to finish his current murder sentence first, so it will be at least 2038 before he could face the U.S. courts. Van der Sloot married Leidy Figueroa in July in a prison ceremony, and she will be having their first child this month. Some think he may have done all of that to try to prevent extradition.
Will there ever be answers and justice for Natalee Holloway and her family? Many hope that eventually that will be the case, but nobody feels particularly optimistic about it happening. Though it’s not known why the director gave the prisoner a cellphone or how the video became public, the Joran van der Sloot video certainly propels him back into the headlines once again.
[Image via NBC News]