Holloway Confronts Joran van der Sloot in Prison
Penitentiary workers, seen in June, stand inside Peru's Miguel Castro Castro prison where Joran van der Sloot is being held on charges of murder. [AP]
September 17, 2010
LIMA, Peru – Missing teenager Natalee Holloway’s mother sneaked into the Peruvian prison where suspect Joran van der Sloot is being held and confronted him about fate of her daughter.
Beth Holloway-Twitty’s lawyer confirmed that the woman arrived at Castro Castro Prison with a Dutch journalist, Peter de Vries, who is investigating her daughter’s disappearance for Dutch television.
Holloway-Twitty reportedly spoke to Van der Sloot for about five minutes Wednesday before authorities removed her because she did not have permission to talk to him.
Peruvian authorities are holding Van der Sloot on charges that he killed another woman, Stephany Flores, in his hotel room in Lima, Peru, on May 30 — 5 years to the day after Holloway’s disappearance.
Holloway was last seen alive with Van der Sloot on the Caribbean resort island of Aruba in 2005. He has publicly said killed the teen several times before retracting his confessions.
John Kelly, attorney for Holloway-Twitty, confirmed she had met Van der Sloot. It was her first face-to-face meeting with him since the night after her daughter disappeared, he said.
“She’s still looking for answers about her daughter,” Kelly told NBC News. “She wants to bring her daughter home.”
Asked if it was a good idea for Holloway to have this meeting, Kelly said: “I can give her legal advice. She’s a mother without a daughter. I know she didn’t tell me ahead of time because I would have asked her to exercise a little more caution.”
Gyofred Munoz Care, a reporter with Peruvian news program 24 HORAS, told NBC News that Van der Sloot “refused to answer” Holloway-Twitty’s direct questions about her daughter’s disappearance.
However, Van der Sloot’s lawyer, Maximo Altez, told NBC News that the face-to-face meeting had lasted “less than one minute.”
Altez told NBC News that the visit was intended “to create a TV special which would include her, the Flores family, and an interview with Joran van der Sloot.”
According to Altez, the Dutch media “snuck Beth Holloway-Twitty into Castro Castro without identifying who she was and put her face-to-face with Van der Sloot.”
She told Van der Sloot that she had “no hate in her soul” for him, Altez told NBC News, at which point the Dutchman handed her Altez’s business card, claiming that he could not speak to her without his lawyer present.
Prison officials then removed Holloway-Twitty, de Vries and the rest of the Dutch news team from the jail.
Contrary to some reports, police did not arrest Holloway-Twitty, Altez said. Colonel Abel Gamarra, director of information for the Peruvian police, confirmed that there were no arrests made, NBC News reported. Story: Van der Sloot admits Holloway family extortion plot: ‘Why not?’
Jose Camarena, lawyer for the Flores family, confirmed that a Dutch production company had approached the Flores family to do a story with Ricardo Flores Sr., father of Stephany, and Holloway-Twitty.
Ricardo Flores Sr. declined to participate, but said his son Enrique met with Holloway-Twitty on camera.
Camarena said that Holloway-Twitty “is being paid by the Dutch media to participate in a soap-opera-like special.”
However, Kelly said his client may have decided to go to the prison after Van der Sloot’s most recent jailhouse interview to a Dutch TV reporter.
“I think what triggered it was that he said in this interview that she had been pestering him,” Kelly added. “The message was, ‘If you thought you’d been pestered before, you ain’t seen nothing yet.’ I just think she wanted him to know she wasn’t going away.”
Kelly said Holloway’s visit had nothing to do with the extortion case against Van der Sloot in the U.S. Federal prosecutors charged him in earlier this year for allegedly extorting money in exchange for information about Holloway.