Missing US teenager Natalee Holloway's mother Beth Twitty and a Dutch crime reporter have made a failed attempt to interview murder suspect Joran van der Sloot in his Peruvian jail cell.
TV journalist Peter R. de Vries and Ms Twitty were briefly allowed to see Van der Sloot in the Castro prison in Lima, but were thrown out when guards discovered that Ms Twitty was filming with a hidden camera.
Quoting Peru's TV station 24 Horas, Dutch daily De Telegraaf says that Van der Sloot hardly spoke to the two visitors, referring them to his lawyer.
Joran van der Sloot has been accused of murdering Peruvian Stephany Flores, a 21-year old woman he met at a poker tournament in Lima. Even if he were found not guilty, Joran van der Sloot will have to face the law in the United States, where he has been accused of extortion. Van der Sloot told Natalee Holloway's parents that he would show them the location of her body, on payment of 25,000 dollars. It proved to be a hoax.
Although Joran van der Sloot is still considered the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway on Aruba in 2005, his involvement has never been proven and he was never convicted.
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• Spanish-language video reporting on the failed interview attempt at the Castro prison: