Joran van der Sloot Stabbed In Prison, According To His Wife
Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch national who is currently serving time in prison in Peru for murdering a Peruvian woman, was stabbed by other inmates in prison, his wife is claiming.
Leidy Figueroa, van der Sloot’s wife and mother of his child, told Dutch-language CNN affiliate RTL that he was stabbed twice; once in the shoulder and once in the abdomen. Both wounds, she said, were about two centimeters (about three quarters of an inch) deep. She also claims to have smuggled his bloody Polo shirt out of the prison as evidence.
Jose Perez Guadalupe, director of Peru’s prison system, told Peruvian media that there is no truth to Leidy Figueroa’s claims, calling her a “compulsive liar.”
“For starters, no woman in her right mind goes to a maximum-security prison and marries the biggest killer there.”
Joran van der Sloot has been serving a 28-year sentence for murder in Peru’s notorious Challapalca Prison, according to USA Today, for the 2010 murder of Peruvian business student Stephany Flores. Prosecutors argued that Flores had found information about Natalee Holloway’s whereabouts on his computer, and the he killed her and stole her credit cards.
Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba in 2005, was last seen alive leaving a bar with van der Sloot. Although he has been arrested twice in Aruba, he has not been charged in her disappearance. When he finishes his murder sentence in Peru, he is likely to be extradited to the United States to faces charges of extortion for trying to sell bogus information about Natalee’s whereabouts to her parents.
Since being imprisoned, Joran van der Sloot has gotten married and fathered a child with his wife. He was initially imprisoned outside of Lima, but he was moved after he allegedly threatened guards who confiscated a contraband mobile phone from his cell — an incident that van der Sloot’s lawyer, Máximo Altez, has called “a setup.” He was then transferred to the maximum-security Challapalca Prison, which is overcrowded and polluted. Altez has suggested that other prisoners believe that if Joran van der Sloot, a high-profile, wealthy, foreign inmate were to die there, Peruvian officials would be forced to close the prison.
As of this post, no DNA testing has been done on the bloody Polo shirt that Figueroa claims Joran van der Sloot was wearing when he was stabbed in prison.
[Image courtesy of: Huffington Post]