Crime

Jailers in Trouble for Joran van der Sloot Photo

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

 

Trouble seems to follow anyone involved with accused murderer Joran van der Sloot. Jail guards who took a photo of van der Sloot now face disciplinary charges.

The photo taken last week inside the Peruvian jail where van der Sloot is being held shows him with two other high-profile murder suspects, and a fourth man who was not identified. It was first aired on the Peruvian television network America TV, and has since hit the Internet. 

Peru's National Institute of Corrections said the guards who took the picture now have to pay the piper.

"On August 23, the Office of Internal Affairs of the institution began administrative and disciplinary actions with the goal of establishing responsibility over the acts of official misconduct by employees of the Castro Castro Correctional Institution," the agency announced. "They improperly used photographic equipment that was meant for administrative duties."

Van der Sloot is accused of killing a young woman named Stephany Flores in a hotel room in Lima in May. Police said he confessed to the murder, but now van der Sloot's lawyer is asking a court to throw out the statement.

He is also a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Her body has never been found, and he has never been charged.