Suspect in Natalee Holloway Disappearance to Face U.S. Charges
A person related to the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of Natalee Holloway, an American teenager, will probably be briefly extradited to america from Peru to face extortion and wire fraud fees, the Peruvian authorities mentioned on Wednesday.
Ms. Holloway, then 18, disappeared throughout a visit to the Dutch island together with her Alabama highschool class. She was declared useless in 2012 and the unsolved case has lengthy sparked intense public curiosity, inspiring a number of true crime books and tv applications in america.
The suspect, Joran van der Sloot, is from Aruba and, as one of many final folks to be seen with Ms. Holloway, has been linked to her disappearance for years. He’s in Peru serving a 28-year jail sentence in a separate case: the 2010 homicide of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old Peruvian scholar.
Additionally in 2010, Mr. van der Sloot was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alabama on fees of making an attempt to extort Ms. Holloway’s mom, Beth Holloway, for $250,000 for details about the situation of her daughter’s physique, which has by no means been discovered. He accepted $25,000 in an F.B.I. sting operation, the authorities mentioned then.
The Peruvian Embassy in Washington mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday that Mr. Van der Sloot could be briefly handed over to the U.S. for prosecution within the Holloway case.
“We hope that this motion will allow a course of that can assist to carry peace to Mrs. Holloway and to her household, who’re grieving in the identical approach that the Flores household in Peru is grieving for the lack of their daughter, Stephany,” Peru’s ambassador to america, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, mentioned within the assertion.
An legal professional for Mr. van der Sloot, Maximo Altez, informed The Related Press that he would battle the choice.