Dutch killer Van der Sloot stabbed in prison, lawyer claims

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(Reuters) - The lawyer of convicted killer Joran van der Sloot said on Monday that the Dutch citizen had been stabbed repeatedly in a Peruvian prison in recent days, but local penitentiary authorities deny the attacks took place.

Van der Sloot, the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway, was stabbed three times on Oct. 27 and then again in his kidney on Sunday in the Challapalca prison, his lawyer Maximo Altez told Reuters by telephone, without giving further details.

But the head of Peru's penitentiary system, INPE, dismissed the charge as false and said the prisoner's wife, who made the allegations, fabricated the story, according to local media.

"Absolutely nothing has happened to him, that woman is lying," INPE head Jose Luis Perez was quoted as saying in the local newspaper, La Republica.

A spokeswoman for INPE confirmed to Reuters that authorities are denying the claims.

Van der Sloot was given a 28-year sentence after he confessed to strangling, beating and suffocating 21-year-old Peruvian business student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a casino in 2010. He was sentenced in early 2012.He is also suspected of killing Holloway, who vanished during a high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005 and was last seen with him and another man.

The body of the Alabama student, who was aged 18 at the time of her disappearance, has never been found. Van der Sloot has denied involvement.

Peru has said it will extradite van der Sloot to the United States for questioning about the Holloway case, but only after he finishes his jail term.

Van der Sloot married Peruvian citizen Leidy Figueroa, with whom he has a child, at a prison in July.

(Reporting by Enrique Mandujano, Writing by Mitra Taj; Editing by Rosalba O'Brien and Alan Crosby)

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Joran van der Sloot looks over his shoulder after entering the courtroom for his sentence at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012. Van der Sloot will be sentenced Friday for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a young woman he met at a Lima casino. Prosecutors have asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Dutch national Joran Van der Sloot arrives for a hearing at the Lurigancho prison in Lima on January 13, 2012. Van der Sloot, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to the murder of a young Peruvian woman in 2010, will hear the sentence today. Van der Sloot is also a prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of US college student Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the media take pictures of Joran van der Sloot, right, sitting in the courtroom at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012. Van der Sloot will be sentenced Friday for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a young woman he met at a Lima casino. Prosecutors have asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
File picture dated January 6, 2012 of Dutch national Joran Van der Sloot during his preliminary hearing in court in the Lurigancho prison in Lima. The Peruvian Supreme Court has approved the extradition of Joran van der Sloot to the U.S. on charges of extorting money from the family of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway but it will not take place until he serves out his 28-year sentence for the 2010 murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. AFP PHOTO/ Ernesto Benavides (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/GettyImages)
People protest against Joran van der Sloot as they hold up an enlarged picture of his police mug shot outside San Pedro prison where his murder trial was held in Lima, Peru, Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012.
A shaman performs a ritual for the spiritual punishment of Joran van der Sloot, in poster top center, and for justice for Stephany Flores, in poster at left, before Van der Sloot's trial outside the prison where the trial will be held in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 6, 2012. Van der Sloot goes on trial Friday for the murder of a young Peruvian woman, nearly seven years after he became the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of an American teenager on holiday in Aruba. Van der Sloot, 24, is charged with killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room on May 30, 2010, after the two left a casino together in the day's wee hours. The poster of Flores reads in Spanish "Stephany Flores asks for justice" and the poster of Van der Sloot reads "Spiritual punishment." (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Natalee Holloway is shown in this undated family photo. The American teen disappeared in Aruba in May 2005. Joran van der Sloot was arrested and released without charges twice on suspicion of involvement in her disappearance.
Joran van der Sloot arrives to the courtroom for his sentence at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012. Van der Sloot will be sentenced Friday for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a young woman he met at a Lima casino. Prosecutors have asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Joran van der Sloot sits in the courtroom before his sentencing at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012. Van der Sloot, 24, will be sentenced Friday for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a young woman he met at a Lima casino. Prosecutors have asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft. The Dutchman remains the prime suspect in the case of the unsolved disappearance of U.S. teen Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba and Holloway's parents want him extradited to the United States to be tried on related charges. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot, left, sits between officers while being transported in a police car in Lima, Thursday, June 10, 2010. Peruvian authorities have announced that Van der Sloot has confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room on May 30. (AP Photo) PERU OUT - NO USAR O PUBLICAR EN PERU
Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot, center, sits between officers while being transported in a police car, in Lima, Thursday, June 10, 2010. Peruvian authorities have announced that Van der Sloot has confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room on May 30. (AP Photo)
A hallway on a cell block at the Peruvian prison where Dutch murder defendant Joran van der Sloot is in custody, at Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima, Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Van der Sloot has refused to speak to the Peruvian judge handling his case, while a Dutch newspaper has reported that he has retracted his confession. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
Chilean authorities escort Joran van der Sloot, center, in Santiago, Chile on Friday, June 4, 2010. The Dutch man was detained Thursday after crossing the border from Peru, where authorities say he's the prime suspect in Sunday's killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. Van der Sloot was previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalie Holloway, but later released by Dutch authorities. (AP Photo/Aliosha Marquez)
In this photo obtained by the Associated Press on June 9, 2010, Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot gets a medical check-up at the police station near the border with Chile, in Tacna, Peru, Friday, June 4, 2010. Peruvian authorities have announced that Van der Sloot has confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room on May 30. (AP Photo)
** FILE **Joran van der Sloot, right, sits in a car with his father, Paulus Van Der Sloot, after Joran was released from custody near Oranjestad, Aruba, in this Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, file photo. Aruban prosecutors said Friday that they are reopening their investigation into the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway after seeing secretly taped material from a Dutch journalist. In the transcript, De Vries refers to a "confession" he obtained from suspect Joran van der Sloot, but doesn't say what he allegedly admitted to. (AP Photo/Pedro Famous Diaz)
Joran van der Sloot, center, the Dutch teen detained in connection with the disappearance of Alabama high school graduate Natalee Holloway on May 30, arrives to the hospital for DNA tests in Oranjestad, Aruba, Wednesday, July 20, 2005. Investigators said Monday that they planned to conduct DNA tests on blond hair attached to duct tape that was found along the coast to see if it came from Holloway _ in a possible break to the six-week-old mystery. (AP Photo/Dino Tromp)
Joran van der Sloot, second left, walks handcuffed with police near Palm Beach, Aruba, Sunday, July 3, 2005. Van der Sloot was detained June 11, 2005, in connection with the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway who went missing May 30, 2005 on this Dutch Caribbean island. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Jossy Mansur, Diario) **ARUBA OUT**
Volunteer member of Texas EquuSearch, Mary Peter, of Brooksville, FL, guides her german shepherd search dog Ruger on a ground search for missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway who disappeared on this Dutch Caribbean Island on May 30, in northern Aruba, Tuesday, June 28, 2005. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch)
Beth Holloway Twitty, the mother of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, wears a bracelet that spells Natalee's name, right, and a blue bracelet in Natalee's memory, left, in Palm Beach, Aruba, Tuesday, June 28, 2005. Holloway disappeared on May 30 during a high school graduation trip to this Dutch Caribbean island. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch)
A diver of the Florida State University enters the water to dive in a cave near the California Lighthouse in Aruba, Saturday, July 9, 2005. The divers came to help in the search of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, who disappeared on this Dutch Caribbean Island on May 30. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Joao Mielo, a Brazilian diving instructor, begins a dive for tourists, Friday, June 10, 2005, off Palm Beach in Aruba, the beach where missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway stayed in a hotel before she disappeared on May 30 on this Dutch Caribbean island. Mielo says he keeps an eye out for signs of Holloway when he takes customers out on dives. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch)
Natalee Holloway's aunt Marcia Twitty holds up a photo of Natalee and her mother, Beth Twitty, during a news conference in Mountain Brook, Ala., Monday, June 6, 2005. Natalee Holloway, 18, vanished May 30 during a five-day trip to Aruba with more than 100 other classmates celebrating their high school graduation. Police in Aruba charged two men in the disappearance. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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