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article imageVan der Sloot claims receiving marriage proposals while in prison

By Igor I. Solar
Jun 22, 2010 in Crime
Lima - Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman arrested in Peru on suspicion of murdering a 21-year-old woman, boasted of having received marriage proposals while in prison, a Dutch newspaper reports.
The 22-year-old Dutchman is under arrest in Lima, Perú, accused of the murder of Stephany Flores, who was found dead on May 30 in the hotel room he occupied. He is also the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005.
In an interview for De Telegraaf, on the orders of his attorney, Van der Sloot did not answer questions about Flores, but he did comment on receiving love letters and marriage proposals from women and that a woman has asked him to impregnate her.
The Dutchman told the Peruvian police he killed Flores, but then told De Telegraaf that the confession was forced. If found guilty, he may be sentenced to between 15 and 35 years in prison.
Van der Sloot, who has been suspected of being a liar, has been reported of having made several confessions of his involvement in Holloway's disappearance, and then retracting them.
The defence lawyer, Maximo Altez, claims that van der Sloot’s confession in the Flores case is invalid because the attorney present at the time of his confession had been appointed by the state.
"It's my fault I'm here," he said and added that he expects to spend two years in jail before trial, reported de Telegraaf.
Currently, Van der Sloot occupies a five-square-meter cell next to that of a Colombian hit man with whom he shares a TV set.
Van der Sloot's mother, Anita, said her son suffers from a mental disorder. She believes that he did not kill Holloway, but she says that if he killed Flores, he must face his punishment and she will not visit Joram in prison.
In his interview with De Telegraaf, van der Sloot said that he understands his mother’s decision.
"I have done wrong to her and many people," he said. "I should have listened to her."
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