According To Fox News, Maximo Altez, van der Sloot’s lawyer, reportedly confirmed the initial reports of the stabbing, adding in that van der Sloot was suffering from critical injuries in the shoulders and waist that were “definitely two inches deep.”
Van der Sloot recently married Liedy Figueroa in a prison ceremony, and in September he became a father.
Both Altez and Figueroa have made harsh accusations about the treatment of van der Sloot in Challapalca Penitentiary saying, “They make them walk on stools, they have no electricity, they are locked 24 hours. In his ward there are people with tuberculosis, others will suffer from bleeding and infection, and nobody does anything.”
According to Figueroa, "Joran was stabbed many times in the stomach by other inmates, he was almost killed, I am scared for his life," she told MailOnline. "He's losing a lot of blood but isn't receiving any medical attention. He's been very poorly, I have been trying to get the guards to take him to hospital."
José Luis Pérez Guadalupe, head of the Peruvian system of prisons, has vehemently rejected claims of wrongdoing and referred to van der Sloot’s wife as a "compulsive liar."
"Absolutely nothing has happened. That lady is lying and it is not the first time she does it. She has been giving false reports to the media for weeks now: that he has been beaten, tortured, that they submerge him in water. We are facing a compulsive liar. Unfortunately she is wasting all of our time," Guadalupe told Canal N.
Although van der Sloot was never charged with the killing of Natalee Holloway, he was the last person to be seen with her on the island of Aruba. Van der Sloot was there with his father, a Dutch judge serving on the island.
After the Aruba incident, van der Sloot moved to Peru where in 2010 he was convicted of killing Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old Peruvian business student. Prosecutors suspected that Flores had found information regarding the Holloway case on van der Sloot’s computer.
Van der Sloot was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the murder of Flores. He was recently transferred to a maximum-security prison in the Andes, which according to reports has atrocious living conditions and subzero temperatures.