(MEXICO CITY) — The lawyer representing Joran van der Sloot shot down reports Monday that the Dutch playboy who is suspected of killing Natalee Holloway had impregnated a woman during a conjugal visit in his Peruvian prison.
Van der Sloot told Dutch newspaper, De Telegraaf, that a woman identified only as “Leidi” was pregnant with his child.
“A test has proved” the pregnancy, he told the paper.
But van der Sloot’s lawyer, Maximo Altez, told ABC News the reports are not true and the Peruvian woman, whose real name he said is Carol Figueroa Uceda, told him she was not pregnant.
Whether the woman is pregnant or not, it came as a surprise to many that van der Sloot, convicted of killing a Peruvian woman and suspected of killing American Natalee Holloway, is granted conjugal visits in his prison.
Altez blamed the pregnancy rumors on his own client and said De Telegraaf had never contacted the lawyer directly.
Uceda, however, had been authorized to visit van der Sloot for conjugal visits, he said. Altez said he originally utilized the woman, who had access to the prison, to help him run errands there. Later, he helped make arrangements to grant her permission for conjugal visits with van der Sloot.
In June 2011, Uceda was also rumored to have become pregnant with van der Sloot’s child.
Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for the murder of Stefany Flores. He was convicted of killing Flores in a Lima hotel in 2010, after meeting the young woman in a casino. Van der Sloot told police he killed her after she learned about his association to Holloway’s disappearance.
Van der Sloot was never formally charged with the murder of Holloway, an American high school student who went missing in Aruba in 2005. He is currently wanted in the U.S. on charges that he attempted to extort Holloway’s parents, promising to tell them where her body was in exchange for money.
Both Altez and American lawyers said van der Sloot could not evade extradition to the U.S., by fathering a Peruvian child or marrying a Peruvian woman. Peru says it will extradite van der Sloot after he has served his prison term there.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN