September 24, 2023

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian authorities on Monday mentioned the most important suspect within the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American pupil Natalee Holloway can be extradited this week to the US.

The pinnacle of the Peru’s jail system, Javier Llaque, advised The Related Press that custody of Joran van der Sloot can be handed over to Interpol “very first thing within the morning” Thursday, after which the Dutchman can be taken to an airport within the capital, Lima, to board an airplane to the U.S.

Van der Sloot arrived Saturday to a corrections facility in Lima after a protracted floor journey beneath strict safety measures from a jail within the Andes, the place he was serving a 28-year sentence for the homicide of a Peruvian lady.

Protection legal professional Máximo Altéz final month mentioned his consumer defined in a letter he didn’t plan to problem the extradition.

The federal government of Peru introduced Might 10 that it might briefly switch custody of Van der Sloot to authorities within the U.S. to face trial on extortion and wire fraud prices.

Holloway, who lived in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, was 18 when she was final seen throughout a visit with classmates to the Caribbean island of Aruba. She was final seen leaving a bar with van der Sloot, who was a pupil at a global college on the island.

Van der Sloot was recognized as a suspect and detained weeks later, together with two Surinamese brothers. Holloway’s physique was by no means discovered, and no prices had been filed within the case. A choose later declared Holloway useless.

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The federal prices filed in Alabama towards van der Sloot stem from an accusation that he tried to extort the Holloway household in 2010, promising to cause them to her physique in alternate for lots of of hundreds of {dollars}. A grand jury indicted him that yr on one rely every of wire fraud and extortion.

Additionally in 2010, van der Sloot was arrested in Peru for the homicide of 21-year-old Stephany Flores, a enterprise pupil from a outstanding household who was killed 5 years to the day after Holloway’s disappearance. Van der Sloot pleaded responsible in Flores’ case in 2012.

A 2001 treaty between Peru and the U.S. permits a suspect to be briefly extradited to face trial within the different nation. The time that van der Sloot finally ends up spending within the U.S. “can be prolonged till the conclusion of the prison proceedings,” together with the enchantment course of ought to there be one, in accordance with a decision printed within the South American nation’s federal register. The decision additionally states that U.S. authorities agreed to return the suspect to the custody of Peru afterward.

The younger lady’s mom, Beth Holloway, in an announcement launched after Peruvian authorities agreed to the extradition final month mentioned the household is “lastly getting justice for Natalee.”

“It has been a really lengthy and painful journey, however the persistence of many goes to repay,” Beth Holloway mentioned.

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