Prime Suspect in Natalee Holloway Disappearance Arrives in US to Face Charges of Extortion and Wire Fraud

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Van der Sloot allegedly made promises to Holloway’s family about leading authorities to her body.

Prime Suspect in Natalee Holloway
Prime Suspect in Natalee Holloway ( Photo: Los Angeles Times )

Joran van der Sloot, the primary suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American Natalee Holloway, has arrived in the United States to face charges of extortion and wire fraud

He was transferred to U.S. law enforcement custody in Lima, Peru, and flown to Birmingham, Alabama. The exact date of his court appearance in the U.S. remains uncertain. Holloway was 18 years old when she vanished during a senior trip to Aruba, where Van der Sloot, a Dutch national, resided. She was last seen leaving a bar with him. Despite extensive investigations, no one has been charged in connection with her disappearance, and her remains have never been found. In 2012, an Alabama judge legally declared her deceased.

Van der Sloot was indicted in the U.S. in 2010 on charges of extortion and wire fraud. The charges were related to an alleged offer he made to sell information about Holloway’s whereabouts to her mother, Beth, for $250,000. Beth Holloway made partial payments to Van der Sloot directly and through a lawyer. However, the information he provided turned out to be false, according to the indictment.

Since 2010, Van der Sloot has been serving a 28-year prison sentence in Peru for the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores

According to the terms of a 2001 extradition treaty between the U.S. and Peru, Van der Sloot’s temporary extradition was permitted to allow him to face trial in the U.S. He will remain in the U.S. until all the American legal proceedings, including any potential appeals, are concluded. Afterward, he is expected to be returned to Peru to complete his prison sentence.

Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru’s Ambassador to the U.S., expressed hope that Van der Sloot’s temporary extradition would contribute to a process that brings peace to Mrs. Holloway and her family, who are grieving just as the Flores family in Peru is mourning the loss of their daughter, Stephany.


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