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Joran van der Sloot Update: Peru evaluates US request for extradition, lawyer says

Joran van der Sloot arrives to the courtroom for his sentence at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012. Van der Sloot will be sentenced Friday for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a young woman he met at a Lima casino. Prosecutors have asked for a 30-year sentence for first-degree murder and theft. AP Photo/Karel Navarro

Joran van der Sloot arrives to the courtroom for his sentence at San Pedro prison in Lima, Peru, Friday Jan. 13, 2012.
AP Photo/Karel Navarro

(CBS/AP) LIMA, Peru - A lawyer for Joran van der Sloot says Peru is evaluating a request by the United States to extradite the jailed Dutchman, who is the main suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

Pictures: Joran van der Sloot, Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores

Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for killing a woman he met in a Lima casino.

The 24-year-old also faces extortion charges in Alabama for allegedly receiving $25,000 from Holloway's mother to tell her where to find the remains of her daughter, who was 18 when she disappeared while on vacation in Aruba.

Attorney Maximo Altez said Monday that the U.S. extradition request "is in the process of being evaluated" by Peruvian authorities.

Altez also says his client fears extradition because U.S. prisons have a reputation for being "very hard" on inmates.

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