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LIMA — A newspaper reported Monday that Joran van der Sloot, a Dutchman who is serving a 28-year-sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman, says he is going to be a father.
His attorney said the inmate does have a conjugal visitor, though he could not confirm she is pregnant.
The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported that van der Sloot, a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, said in a telephone interview Saturday that “a test has proved” the pregnancy.
Van der Sloot attorney Maximo Altez, told The Associated Press that a woman named Leidy Figueroa Uceda “is registered as a conjugal visitor of Joran. She is registered in the visitors books of the Piedras Gordas prison in Lima.” Mr. Altez denied that Van der Sloot had told the newspaper he could confirm the pregnancy.
Van der Sloot was convicted for the 2010 robbery and killing of Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room after meeting her in a nearby casino.
He is wanted by authorities in the U.S. for allegedly extorting money from the Holloway family on the promise of revealing the location of Natalee’s body.
Police plan crackdown ahead of Merkel visit
ATHENS — Greek police have increased security and are preparing to close down large sections of the capital to contain protests against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is visiting Athens on Tuesday for talks with the country’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
Mrs. Merkel’s brief visit comes amid growing unrest in Greece over plans for new cutbacks.
Greek authorities, who are struggling to talk bailout creditors into unfreezing a vital loan installment, are determined to prevent riots while Mrs. Merkel is in town on her first visit to the country in five years.
Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias appealed to protesters Monday to “protect the peace, and above all our country’s prospects and our international image.” Some 7,000 police will be on duty for the chancellor’s visit.
Police have banned public gatherings in much of the city center from early Tuesday and in a 110-yard radius from the route Mrs. Merkel’s motorcade will follow.
A police spokesman said the ban will not affect two protests called by labor unions and opposition parties elsewhere in the city, but will include the German Embassy, where a populist right-wing party has called for an evening demonstration Tuesday.
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