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Dutch killer to marry in Peru prison

31 May 2013, 09:20

Lima - Dutch convicted killer Joran Van der Sloot, serving a 28-year sentence here for murdering a young Peruvian woman, will tie the knot in prison next month, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Attorney Maximo Altez said an official from the northern district of Ancon, where Van der Sloot is in custody, would perform the civil wedding ceremony at the Piedras Gordas maximum security prison outside Lima.

The attorney provided scant information about the bride-to-be however, other than to say that she is Peruvian.

"We just hope the National Penitentiary Institute (INPE) will grant us permission," said the lawyer, adding that he would be the best man and the only guest invited to the ceremony.

Van der Sloot, 25, pleaded guilty and was handed down his sentence in January 2012 for the "cruel and savage" murder of 21-year-old Peruvian Stephany Flores on May 30 2010.

The victim had been struck, then strangled in a hotel room in Lima, where she ended up with her assailant after meeting in a casino, where they played poker.

A year ago, Peru's top court agreed to allow Van der Sloot's extradition to the United States, where he is the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old US college student Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Van der Sloot allegedly extorted $25 000 from Holloway's parents in exchange for information about their daughter. Once he received the money, he fled to Peru.

But Lima said it would only extradite Van der Sloot after he has completed serving his sentence there.



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