'Joran van der Sloot receives assistance from US woman'
Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot is receiving ‘humanitarian assistance’ from US citizen Mary Hamer.
His lawyer Máximo Altez has told the ANP news agency that “she sends him toilet articles, vitamins and medicines. Joran is being held in a Peru prison on suspicion of murdering Peruvian Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room on 30 May 2010.
Mr Altez says he is acquainted with Mary Hamer, who lives in Miami. He said he did not know whether she is sending Van der Sloot money. Ms Hamer made headlines last month as Van der Sloot’s ‘rich aunt’. In an interview with Dutch current affairs programme EenVandaag, Ms Hamer said she gives Van der Sloot money to help him pay his legal fees.
Van der Sloot has been remanded in custody in the Castro Castro Prison in Lima since mid June 2010. He is due to be released in mid December to await his trial outside prison, but the Public Prosecutors’ Office can apply for an extension of his remand.
In the interview Ms Hamer said she did not feel manipulated by Van der Sloot, who has a reputation for manipulative behaviour. “He is a skilled negotiator, but knows when to stop.” She also said that Van der Sloot is genuinely concerned about the family of his alleged victim Stephany Flores.
Joran van der Sloot is also accused of being involved in the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba on May 30 2005 but was never convicted due to a lack of evidence.
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