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Joran Van der Sloot: I Got My Girlfriend Pregnant in Prison

Joran van der Sloot

Joran van der Sloot

A Dutch newspaper reports that Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year-sentence in Peru for murder and is the main person of interest in the disappearance of U.S. citizen Natalee Holloway, claims that he has gotten his Peruvian girlfriend pregnant.

Van der Sloot claims that his girlfriend, Leidy Figueroa Uceda, became pregnant during one of several conjugal visits that the Peruvian authorities allowed her to make, according to De Telegraph.

De Telegraph reported that Van der Sloot said that a test confirmed that he is the father of the child during a phone interview.

Van der Sloot claimed the pregnancy was unplanned. “[She] forgot to take the pill,” Van der Sloot told De Telegraph. “Her Catholic faith does not allow her to have an abortion.”

De Telegraph speculated that Van der Sloot seeks parenthood of the child in order to possibly become a Peruvian citizen. If granted Peruvian citizenship, Van der Sloot might think that he would have a strong case to avoid extradition to the United States. However, U.S. authorities can still legally extradite Van der Sloot to the United States for trial if he is the father of a Peruvian national or if he even if he is a citizen of that country.

U.S. prosecutors seek to try Van der Sloot for extortion after he claimed to know the whereabouts of their daughter’s body in exchange for money. Van der Sloot was the last person to see Natalee Holloway, who was a teenager when she disappeared in 2005 in Aruba.

The Associated Press reported that Van der Sloot’s attorney Maximo Altez confirmed that a Peruvian national woman has indeed spent time alone with Van der Sloot as part of a conjugal visit program at the Piedras Gordas prison in Lima. She is also officially registered there a conjugal visitor at the prison, the Associated Press reported. However, Van der Sloot’s attorney denied that Van der Sloot could prove that he was the father of his girlfriend’s unborn child.

Besides seeking to deceive Natalee Holloway’s parents into believing that he could show them where their daughter’s body was located, Van der Sloot has a well documented history of lying to the police and the media. He once admitted to a Dutch journalist that he had killed Natalee Holloway, but then claimed that he was lying when he confessed to the murder. He has also repeatedly confessed that he knows how Natalee Holloway’s body was disposed of several times before retracting the statements, claiming he was lying.

In another report, ABC News said Van der Sloot’s attorney denied that his client got the woman mentioned in the De Telegraph article pregnant. He also reportedly said that the woman mentioned in the article is not even Van der Sloot’s girlfriend. The real woman who is Van der Sloot’s girlfriend is called Carol Figueroa Uceda. According to the ABC News report, Van der Sloot’s attorney said that the girlfriend told him that she was not pregnant.

ABC News reported that the attorney said Van der Sloot started the false rumor about his girlfriend’s pregnancy.

Van der Sloot was convicted of murdering Stefany Flores in a hotel room in Lima in 2005. Her bludgeoned body was found in Van der Sloot’s room after Van der Sloot beat her to death with a tennis racket and then fled the country to Chili where he was arrested with an Interpol warrant.

While Van der Sloot has never been formally indicted for the murder of Natalee Holloway, he was questioned in Aruba as a suspect, but was never indicated, even after repeatedly confessing and recounting that he was involved with her death.


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