Van der Sloot TV report gets Peru prison chief suspended
The head of the prison in Peru where Dutch murder suspect Joran van der Sloot is awaiting trial has been suspended for helping crime reporter Peter R. de Vries make a Dutch TV documentary, according to popular daily .
Mr De Vries arranged to film a meeting inside the Castro Castro prison btween Joran van der Sloot and Beth Twitty, the mother of Natalee Holloway, the US teenager who disappeared on the island of Aruba in 2005. The meeting took place in the office of prison chief Alex Samamé, who now faces disciplinary measures for cooperating with the programme makers.
According to Joran 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, Joran van der Sloot shed no more light on Natalee Holloway’s disappearance.
Natalee Holloway disappeared in May 2005 while holidaying on the Carribean island of Aruba part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 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, Joran van der Sloot remains the chief suspect in the case. However, he is now in jail in Peru awaiting trial and accused of murdering the Peruvian Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel.
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