Convicted killer Joran van der Sloot offered a view into his life in a Peruvian prison when he released a video of himself that he says he shot for his "own security."
The 27-year-old Dutch citizen, who is seen sporting a mohawk haircut and a light beard, is serving a 28-year sentence for the 2010 murder of Peruvian Stephany Flores and is the chief suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba.
Van der Sloot was transferred last month from Piedras Gordas penitentiary, on the outskirts of Lima, to the Challapalca prison, which sits at an altitude of 4,800 meters (15,737 feet) in a remote area of southern Peru where temperatures can plunge from 9 C (48 F) in the daytime to minus 20 C (minus 4 F) at night.
He was transferred there after allegedly starting a fight with another inmate in the Lima prison and then threatening to kill the warden.
The length of his stay in Challapalca will depend on his behavior, officials of the Inpe prisons administration said.
Before being transferred, Van der Sloot recorded a video in which he showed the conditions in his old cell, saying that it was warden Sergio Haro who provided him with the cell phone that was later confiscated.
"The warden himself gave it to me. I don't know why, but I suspect that it was to set a trap for me," said Van der Sloot in a portion of the video broadcast on Sunday on Peruvian television.
The 46-second clip shows van der Sloot leaning back and talking slowly. He went on a hunger strike last week.
"I am making this video for my own security," he said, according to People. "Because the warden gave me this phone. I don't know why."
The video also shows Van der Sloot having his blood pressure taken and then being frisked as he and other inmates face the wall with their arms up.
Van der Sloot, who married his Peruvian girlfriend in a prison ceremony last month, is set to be a father in September — a fact his lawyer is using in his plea to reconsider the move.
The son of a judge who was serving in Aruba,Van der Sloot was the last person seen with Holloway, who vanished while on a graduation trip to the Caribbean island.
Van der Sloot remains the chief suspect.
Once his sentence ends, he is to be extradited to the United States to face trial on charges he extorted and defrauded Holloway's mother shortly before traveling to Peru in 2010.
He allegedly took $25,000 from the mother, promising to lead her to Holloway's body.
Efe contributed to this report.