Peruvian Prison Terrifies Van der Sloot

Accused murderer 'afraid I will be killed'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2010 2:55 PM CDT
Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot holds his inmate number before being transferred to the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima.   (AP Photo/America Television Channel, Domingo al Dia)
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(Newser) – Joran Van der Sloot is being so forthcoming about Natalee Holloway's fate because he fears what will happen to him behind bars. "I don't want to be imprisoned in Peru," People quotes a Peruvian paper as reporting. "I am afraid I will be killed." Hence the bid to tell all to Aruban authorities—in Aruba. Says a lawyer in Peru: "This way he'll be safe not only from rape but also from being killed."

"I don't think that so many people will be able to sympathize with somebody who killed little girls," a former official of of Peru's notoriously brutal prison system chimes in. "Criminals have codes, you know. . . . I guess many people in jail will not like that."

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