Prison chief suspended over Van der Sloot film
The governor of the Castro Castro prison in Peru, where murder suspect Joran van der Sloot is awaiting trial, has been suspended for cooperating with the shooting of a TV documentary by Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries, according to popular daily De Telegraaf.
Peter R. de Vries arranged to film a meeting inside the jail between Joran van der Sloot and Beth Twitty, mother of Natalee Holloway, the US teenager who disappeared on the island of Aruba in 2005.
The conversation took place in the office of prison chief Alex Samamé, who now faces disciplinary measures for cooperating with the programme makers.
According to Van der Sloot’s lawyer, his client was threatened with solitary confinement if he refused to speak to Ms Twitty. The lawyer says he is taking legal action against Peter R. de Vries for bribing government officials.
Hidden cameras The Dutch film crew recorded the conversation between Joran van der Sloot and Beth Twitty using hidden cameras. The programme was broadcast in the Netherlands on Sunday evening. Earlier in the day, extracts were leaked on the internet via a US TV station. During the brief conversation, Van der Sloot sheds no more light on Natalee Holloway’s disappearance.
Natalee Holloway disappeared in May 2005 while holidaying on the Dutch island of Aruba. She spent the evening prior to her disappearance with Joran van der Sloot. Although the Dutch public prosecutor found insufficient evidence to try him for murder, Van der Sloot remains the chief suspect in the case. He is now in jail in Peru awaiting trial for the murder of the Peruvian Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel.
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