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Van der Sloot Confronts Peruvian Father of Girl He Allegedly Killed

June 4, 2010: Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is escorted by police officers outside a Peruvian police station, near the border with Chile in Tacna, Peru.

June 4, 2010: Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is escorted by police officers outside a Peruvian police station, near the border with Chile in Tacna, Peru.  (AP)

LIMA, Peru -- The father of the Peruvian university student allegedly killed by Joran van der Sloot has confronted the suspect for the first time at the Lima prison where the Dutchman is held.

Van der Sloot is charged with killing Stephany Flores in his Lima hotel room a year ago after meeting her at a casino.

Ricardo Flores encountered Van der Sloot at the Castro Castro prison Wednesday for what was to have been a hearing before the suspect's pending trial. The hearing was postponed because no defense lawyer showed up. Previous attorney Maximo Altez has quit.

Van der Sloot also remains the key suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway six years ago on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.