Joran van der Sloot's Wife, Prison Official Disagree over Whether He Was Stabbed

The Peru prison director dismisses the claim as the allegation of a "compulsive liar"

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Joran van der Sloot’s newlywed wife claims her husband was recently stabbed twice behind bars while serving a sentence for murder.

Not true, according to Peru’s top prison official, who told the country’s 24-hour Canal N that the woman’s report is the assertion of a “compulsive liar,” reports.

Van der Sloot, the prime suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, is serving 28 years in Peru for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, committed five years to the day that Holloway vanished during a high school graduation trip to Aruba.

In August, according to prison authorities, he was transferred to the remote Challapalca prison near the Bolivian border after he threatened the life of the warden at the Lima prison where he was previously held.

After visiting him there on Sunday, Leidy Figueroa, who married the Dutch convict in July and gave birth to their daughter in September, told the Netherlands CNN affiliate RTL that she smuggled his bloody polo shirt out of the facility. She said her husband had been stabbed in the shoulder and the waist, causing wounds that went about three-quarters of an inch deep.

Jose Perez Guadalupe, director of Peru’s National Penitentiary Institute, was swift to dismiss those claims, as well as Figueroa’s character.

“For starters,” he told Peru’s Canal N, “no woman in her right mind goes to a maximum-security prison and marries the biggest killer there.”

Van der Sloot’s murder sentence is expected to keep him behind bars until 2038. Only then, according to a court ruling in Peru, can he be extradited to the United States to face extortion charges brought after he took $25,000 from Natalee Holloway’s mother, Beth, in exchange for false information about Natalee’s fate.

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