The family of missing American Natalee Holloway, who was on a high school graduation vacation to Aruba in 2005, said on Wednesday that Joran van der Sloot, the main suspect in the case, would be extradited from Peru to the United States.
Beth Holloway, Holloway’s mom, released a statement announcing the news. Joran van der Sloot, her murderer, was finally extradited to Birmingham nearly eighteen years later, she said. For the 2010 murder of Peruvian national Stephany Flores, age 21, Peruvian authorities decided to extradite Van der Sloot, already serving a 28-year prison sentence.
The Peruvian government has agreed to temporarily hand over the Dutch citizen to American authorities “for his prosecution in the United States for the alleged commission of the crimes of extortion and fraud, to the grievance of Elizabeth Ann Holloway,” according to a statement from Peru’s Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Daniel Maurate Romero.
Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra expressed his hope that “this action will enable a process that will help to bring peace to Mrs. Holloway and to her family,” who are mourning the loss of their loved one “in the same way that the Flores family in Peru is mourning the loss of their daughter.”
As Holloway failed to show up for her flight from Aruba to Alabama on May 30, 2005, Van der Sloot is considered a prime suspect in her disappearance. The 18-year-old and the young Dutchman were last seen leaving a bar together early that morning. There was never any sign of her body, and the subsequent searches attracted the attention of the world’s media. A death certificate for her was issued in 2014.
A Judge Ruled That Holloway Had Passed Away
In 2010, an Alabama grand jury indicted van der Sloot on charges of wire fraud and extortion for allegedly attempting to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother in exchange for the location of her daughter’s grave.
According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent, van der Sloot contacted Holloway’s mother, demanding $25,000 upfront in exchange for disclosing the location, and another $225,000 upon the return of the remains.
The agent said that van der Sloot, during a taped sting operation, indicated a house as the spot where Holloway was buried. However, van der Sloot later revealed in emails that he had lied about the location.
Van der Sloot is currently located in Peru as a result of his 28-year prison sentence for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a Peruvian student who he met in a Lima casino. On the exact day that Holloway disappeared, van der Sloot murdered him in Aruba. This was five years ago. She was seen exiting a bar in his company.
On Wednesday, Peruvian Minister of Justice Daniel Maurate stated in a statement that his country has chosen to “accept the request” from U.S. officials “for the temporary transfer” of van der Sloot to stand trial for extortion and fraud in the United States.
Dutch National Suspected In Natalee Holloway’s Disappearance To Be Extradited To The US To Face Fraud Charges After Being Held In Peru
The extradition of the main suspect in the disappearance of American student Natalee Holloway from the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005 has been approved by the Peruvian government, giving Natalee’s family new optimism that justice would be served in the case.
The Holloway case will result in the trial of Dutch national Joran van der Sloot on charges of extortion and wire fraud. According to The Associated Press, the Peruvian Embassy in Washington confirmed on Wednesday that an executive order permits his interim extradition.
Holloway, from a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, went missing at the age of 18 while on a school trip to Aruba. Her disappearance after a night out with pals at a club garnered years of media attention, especially in tabloid and true-crime outlets.
Holloway’s body was never located, and van der Sloot was never charged in connection with the disappearance. A judge ruled that Holloway had passed away.
In 2010, an Alabama grand jury indicted van der Sloot on counts of wire fraud and extortion, alleging that he had attempted to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother in exchange for the location of her daughter’s grave.
The mother of Holloway was contacted by van der Sloot, according to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent. Van der Sloot demanded $25,000 to reveal the site and an additional $225,000 upon the recovery of the remains. The agent claimed that van der Sloot lied in emails after he lied about where Holloway was buried during a recorded sting operation by pointing to a house.
Maximo Altez, van der Sloot’s attorney, told the Associated Press that his client intends to appeal the ruling once he receives official notification from the Peruvian government.”I am going to challenge that resolution,” Altez declared. Since he is entitled to a defense, I will be arguing against it.
In January 2012, Van der Sloot pled guilty to homicide in the death of Flores. After learning that Flores, a business student from a wealthy family, had won money at the casino where they met, he was accused by prosecutors of killing her and then robbing her.
They said he killed her with “ferocity” and “cruelty,” beating and strangling her in his hotel room. On Wednesday, it took a while to get through to Van der Sloot to get his thoughts on the situation.