Van der Sloot, now 35 years old, gained notoriety as the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.
Holloway, an 18-year-old American, vanished and her body was never found. In 2012, she was declared legally dead.
A federal affidavit revealed that van der Sloot had admitted to being with Holloway on the night of her disappearance and confessed to assaulting her.
Although van der Sloot was initially arrested due to his association with Holloway shortly before her disappearance, he was released later due to a lack of evidence.
Currently serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for the murder of Ramírez, van der Sloot is also awaiting extradition to the United States to face charges of extortion and wire fraud.
Earlier this month, it was announced that van der Sloot would be extradited to the US, a development confirmed by Holloway’s family.
Beth Holloway, Natalee’s mother, stated, “Almost exactly eighteen years later, her perpetrator, Joran Van der Sloot, has been extradited to Birmingham to answer for his crimes.”
Peru’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, represented by Daniel Maurate Romero, authorized the transfer of the Dutch citizen to the US for prosecution on charges of extortion and fraud against Elizabeth Ann Holloway.
The recent assault on van der Sloot in a Peruvian prison raised speculation that it may be connected to his impending extradition.
However, his lawyer, Maximo Altez, dismissed this notion in an interview with ABC News, suggesting that the beating could be related to internal gang rules within Challapalca Prison, where van der Sloot is currently detained.
Altez refrained from disclosing the specific injuries sustained by his client but confirmed that van der Sloot is currently receiving medical attention in the prison’s medical aisle.
The attorney has requested the Peruvian Justice Ministry to transfer van der Sloot to another facility as soon as possible, citing concerns for his safety during the extradition process.