Lawyer for Joran van der Sloot shares video showing him playing soccer in prison to prove he’s okay after alleged attack by inmates

April 17, 2024 by No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Lawyer for Joran van der Sloot shared a video with Digital showing his client appearing to be in good health after disputed reports that the man who killed American teen Natalee Holloway and Peruvian heiress Stephany Flores suffered a beatdown in prison. In the 41-second clip provided by his Lima-based attorney, Maximo Altez, van der Sloot and his teammates on “La Naranja Mecanica” – which translates to “The Clockwork Orange” – follow several other prison teams into a gymnasium. At 6 feet 5 inches tall, van der Sloot towers over everyone else in the room, holding his hand over his heart and grinning as he enters, wearing a blue tracksuit and a newsboy hat. Altez has denied reports of a two-on-one prison assault against van der Sloot as “fake news” after the Dutchman purportedly went to a prison infirmary for treatment and was said to be a marked man. “He’s fine,” the lawyer told Digital. A spokesperson for Peru’s National Penitentiary Institute told the paper last week that two men attacked the Dutch national in prison and that he was treated for cuts and bruises. He was not facing disciplinary action because the assailants were the instigators. “A lot of people want him dead,” the paper quoted the unnamed official as saying. Peru’s Col. Luis Quiroz told Digital that prison officials he spoke with had no information about an alleged assault on van der Sloot. A former inmate who did time with van der Sloot during his brief detention in Alabama last year told the Post that he is an arrogant “d–chebag.” “He walks around jail like he’s the boss, demands what he wants, treats other guys like s—,” Emil Quinones told the paper. “He made a lot of enemies because he’s such an a–hole.” Van der Sloot is serving his multiple sentences in Peru’s mountaintop Challapalca prison, a place Altez previously said he hates so much he was willing to talk to prosecutors in the U.S. in connection to federal extortion charges against him. Even so, he is granted visits there with multiple women for his mental health and rehabilitation under the country’s constitution. It was not immediately clear how van der Sloot’s team chose its name, “The Clockwork Orange,” but a 1971 Stanley Kubrick movie with the same title is about the botched attempt at rehabilitating the leader of a gang of violent rapists. Van der Sloot finally admitted in October to killing Holloway with a cinder block on an Aruba beach in 2005 as part of the extortion and fraud case in which he tried to shake down the victim’s mother for $250,000. He murdered Flores exactly five years later in a hotel room in her father’s casino in Lima. In an international plea deal, he is serving his sentence on the U.S. charges for extorting Holloway’s mother in Peru. However, van der Sloot hates Challapalca, according to his lawyer, Altez, who calls it “hell.” The prison is known to see temperatures below freezing on a nightly basis and is so remote that cell service doesn’t reach it. In 2014, reports said that his client had been stabbed three times in the prison months after his initial transfer there for unruly behavior. However, officials told the outlet that the wounds looked self-inflicted. Van der Sloot previously had his Peruvian sentence extended after a drug and phone smuggling scandal. Investigations have left open the possibility of prosecuting him there, even though the statute of limitations has expired on Holloway’s murder. Armando Regil Velasco and Mitch Picasso contributed to this report.