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Penitentiary workers, seen in June, stand inside Peru's Castro Castro prison, where Joran van der Sloot is being held on charges of murder.
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updated 9/17/2010 9:46:31 AM ET 2010-09-17T13:46:31

Missing teenager Natalee Holloway's mother sneaked into the Peruvian prison where suspect Joran van der Sloot is being held and confronted him about the fate of her daughter.

Beth Holloway-Twitty's lawyer confirmed that the woman arrived at Castro Castro Prison with a Dutch journalist, Peter de Vries, who is investigating her daughter's disappearance for Dutch television.

Holloway-Twitty reportedly spoke to Van der Sloot for about five minutes Wednesday before authorities removed her because she did not have permission to talk to him.

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Peruvian authorities are holding Van der Sloot on charges that he killed another woman, Stephany Flores, in his hotel room in Lima, Peru, on May 30 — five years to the day after Holloway's disappearance.

Holloway was last seen alive with Van der Sloot on the Caribbean resort island of Aruba in 2005. He has publicly said he was involved in the teen's disappearance several times before retracting his confessions.

John Kelly, attorney for Holloway-Twitty, confirmed she had met Van der Sloot. It was her first face-to-face meeting with him since the night after her daughter disappeared, he said.

Video: Joran van der Sloot behind bars (on this page)

"She's still looking for answers about her daughter," Kelly told NBC News. "She wants to bring her daughter home."

Asked if it was a good idea for Holloway to have this meeting, Kelly said: "I can give her legal advice. She's a mother without a daughter. I know she didn't tell me ahead of time because I would have asked her to exercise a little more caution."

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Gyofred Munoz Care, a reporter with Peruvian news program 24 HORAS, told NBC News that Van der Sloot "refused to answer" Holloway-Twitty's direct questions about her daughter's disappearance.

However, Van der Sloot's lawyer, Maximo Altez, told NBC News that the face-to-face meeting had lasted "less than one minute."

Altez told NBC News that the visit was intended "to create a TV special which would include her, the Flores family, and an interview with Joran van der Sloot."

According to Altez, the Dutch media "snuck Beth Holloway-Twitty into Castro Castro without identifying who she was and put her face-to-face with Van der Sloot."

She told Van der Sloot that she had "no hate in her soul" for him, Altez told NBC News, at which point the Dutchman handed her Altez's business card, claiming that he could not speak to her without his lawyer present.

Prison officials then removed Holloway-Twitty, de Vries and the rest of the Dutch news team from the jail.

Contrary to some reports, police did not arrest Holloway-Twitty, Altez said. Colonel Abel Gamarra, director of information for the Peruvian police, confirmed that there were no arrests made, NBC News reported.

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Jose Camarena, lawyer for the Flores family, confirmed that a Dutch production company had approached the Flores family to do a story with Ricardo Flores Sr., father of Stephany, and Holloway-Twitty.

Ricardo Flores Sr. declined to participate, but said his son Enrique met with Holloway-Twitty on camera.

Camarena said that Holloway-Twitty "is being paid by the Dutch media to participate in a soap-opera-like special."

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However, Kelly said his client may have decided to go to the prison after Van der Sloot's most recent jailhouse interview to a Dutch TV reporter.

"I think what triggered it was that he said in this interview that she had been pestering him," Kelly added. "The message was, 'If you thought you'd been pestered before, you ain't seen nothing yet.' I just think she wanted him to know she wasn't going away."

Kelly said Holloway's visit had nothing to do with the extortion case against Van der Sloot in the U.S. Federal prosecutors charged him in earlier this year for allegedly extorting money in exchange for information about Holloway.

"This had nothing to do with the case. It was a mother trying to bring her daughter home," he said.

NBC News' Jorge Vera in Lima and David Gelles, the Associated Press and contributed to this report.

Video: Joran van der Sloot Behind Bars

  1. Transcript of: Joran van der Sloot Behind Bars

    CHRIS HANSEN reporting: Now the story of another international flight from the law. This one has ended, for now, in a South American prison, where Joran van der Sloot is being held on murder charges in the death of a Peruvian woman. It's been a long, bizarre journey for the man suspected in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway . And now, in an exclusive interview obtained by NBC News , Joran van der Sloot as you've never heard him before, in his own chilling words.

    There he is emerging from lockdown for a pat-down. Yet after three months in this tough Lima prison, Joran van der Sloot looks healthy and relaxed. Amazingly, as you'll soon hear, he sees himself not as a murder suspect but as a victim. And incredibly, he's angry at the family of Natalee Holloway .

    Mr. JORAN VAN DER SLOOT: So many things have happened because of that case and people bothering me, lying to me, you name it, anything else, that yeah, I have a lot of anger because of that, also.

    HANSEN: He considers himself a victim, even though he's the chief suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway , even though he's wanted in the United States for alleged extortion of the Holloway family, even though he's facing murder charges in the killing this year of a young Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores . In the meantime, van der Sloot says he's doing just fine, thank you.

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: Well, when I was arrested, I -- and I was scared, for sure, and also at the police station, things happened that were not OK at all, but since I've been here in the prison, they -- I've been treated really well.

    HANSEN: Tonight, in his first television interview since his arrest, an exclusive from behind bars. Van der Sloot is talking. He's at turns reflective...

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I can understand that it's very hard for a -- for a family to lose somebody.

    HANSEN: ...and cold.

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: Natalee 's someone I met one night, and I barely know her.

    HANSEN: He's adding new detail, telling new stories and claiming to feel sympathy for the family of one of his alleged victims.

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I feel really bad that her family -- that her family had to lose their daughter. That really does hurt me, and I think about it all the time.

    HANSEN: Also tonight, DATELINE retraces van der Sloot 's exotic odyssey across four continents, with exclusive details and photos. Years after Natalee Holloway 's disappearance, he was living the life of a well-heeled jet setter.

    HANSEN: What you'll hear tonight from Joran van der Sloot might offend you, might anger you -- but it also might give you rare insight into the mind of a notorious young man who's been in the headlines for the last five years . In an interview conducted by a veteran Dutch crime reporter and licensed by NBC News , van der Sloot seemed to confront his growing mountain of legal troubles and acknowledges, for the first time , his own role in causing so much grief.

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: It's a whole web of problems, but I created all of them myself, so, yeah, I have to deal with it now, deal with the consequences.


    HANSEN: Dutch crime reporter John van den Heuvel interviewed van der Sloot in Dutch and English two weeks ago at Lima 's Miguel Castro Castro Prison . Why did van der Sloot decide to talk now?

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: Well, I think it's important to put my side across. I'm being portrayed as a monster, as someone horrible. I want to counter that.

    HANSEN: This latest chapter in the bizarre half-decade saga of Joran van der Sloot , Natalee Holloway and now Stephany Flores began in May in Peru . Van der Sloot says he was there for two weeks to play in a poker tournament in the Miraflores section of Lima .

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: Yeah, mostly playing cash games in the casino, and that's mostly what I was doing.

    Mr. VAN DEN HEUVEL: Did you met girls in the period?

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I met -- yeah, we went out in the nighttime to different clubs and other spots in Miraflores .

    Mr. VAN DEN HEUVEL: Yeah. You took those girls into your hotel? Did you have sex with them?

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I don't -- I don't think that's important at all -- at all, when we're talking about this. No.

    HANSEN: Whatever happened on the nights before, on May 30th , on the fifth anniversary of Natalee Holloway 's disappearance, this image of van der Sloot was captured on a casino security video. Another camera showed a 21-year-old woman, Stephany Flores , a college student and avid poker player in the last few hours of her life. And a camera inside the casino captured Stephany with Joran van der Sloot .

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: I met her a couple of days before in the -- in the casino. She came to play in the same table as me, and then we smoked a cigarette together and talked, and the day after exchanged phone numbers.

    Mr. VAN DEN HEUVEL: Mm-hmm. What was your impression of her?

    Mr. VAN DER SLOOT: Yeah, a very nice girl, like she was my -- like a friend.

    HANSEN: That night they played together for about two hours. Stephany Flores is seen collecting some of her winnings. Then, as night turned to day, they went to his $40-a-night room at the Hotel Tac . On the hotel's surveillance camera, van der Sloot is seen picking up a key at the front desk with Flores behind him. At 5:33 AM Van der Sloot and Flores are seen entering room 309. Three hours later, van der Sloot is seen in a different shirt, apparently locked out of his room. He called a hotel employee to let him in. About 20 minutes later, he's seen leaving, by himself, wearing a backpack. He left the TV blaring and reportedly told the front desk clerk, 'Don't disturb my girl.' And

Timeline: The Natalee Holloway case


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