Natalie Holloway disappearance suspect faces extradition to US on fraud charges

Mexico City – The Peruvian government has allowed the extradition to the United States of the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American student Natalie Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba in the Netherlands, and her family is seeking justice in the case. hope to bring

Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot is put on trial for extortion and wire fraud, stemming from accusations that he tried to blackmail the Holloway family after the disappearance of his daughter.

Holloway, who lived outside Birmingham, Alabama, was 18 when he was last seen on a trip to Aruba with classmates. She disappeared mysteriously after a night out with friends at a nightclub, sparking years of news coverage and countless true crime podcasts. was when he left the bar with van der Sloot, who was 18 at the time.

Van der Sloot was identified as a suspect and taken into custody several weeks later along with his two Surinamese brothers. Holloway’s body was never found and no charges were filed in the case. A judge later declared Holloway dead.

Years later, Van der Sloat was arrested in Peru for the 2010 murder of Stephanie Flores, 21, who was murdered five years after Holloway’s disappearance. He murdered Flores, a business student from a prominent family, and accused her of robbing her after learning she had won money at a casino where the two met. said he beat her, strangled her, and killed her with “brutalism.”He pleaded guilty in 2012 and is currently serving time in prison. 28 years in prison for murder.

However, his extradition to the United States stems from an attempt to profit from his connection with the Holloway case. In 2010, a grand jury in Alabama indicted Van Der Sloot on wire fraud and racketeering charges for attempting to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from Holloways.

U.S. prosecutors allege that van der Sloat received $25,000 in cash from Holloway’s family in exchange for a promise to take him to Holloway’s body in early 2010, shortly before he left for Peru.

The FBI agent said in an affidavit that Van der Sloat wanted to pay $25,000 to contact Holloway’s mother and disclose the location, plus another $225,000 when the body was recovered. During a recorded sting operation, Van der Sloat pointed to the house he said Holloway was buried in, but in subsequent emails he admitted to lying about the location, agents said. rice field.

Peru’s Justice Minister Daniel Maureto said in a statement Wednesday that the government had decided to “accept requests” from US authorities for the “temporary transfer” of Van der Sloat, who will be charged with extortion and fraud. Stated. In Peru, all extraditions require presidential approval.

“We will continue to work with our allies, such as the United States, and many other countries with which we have extradition treaties on legal matters,” said Peru’s International Legal Cooperation Agency and the National Prosecutor’s Office’s extradition office. Director of the Bureau, Edgar Alfredo Rebaza said.

A 2001 treaty between Peru and the United States allows suspects to be temporarily extradited to be tried in the other country. It requires that a prisoner be “returned” after judicial proceedings have been completed against him “according to conditions determined by both countries.”

In a statement, the young woman’s mother, Beth Holloway, said she was lucky to be with Natalie for 18 years.

“She’s 36 now. It’s been a very long and hard road, but the persistence of many will pay off. Together, we will finally bring justice to Natalie.” Beth Holloway Said.

Attorney Maximo Altez, who represents van der Sloot, told The Associated Press that he will oppose the decision upon proper notice from the Peruvian government.

“I will contest the resolution,” Artes said. “He has a right to defend himself, so I will be against it.”

Van der Sloot was not immediately reachable for comment on Wednesday. More than a decade ago, he told a Peruvian judge that he would oppose extradition efforts to the United States.

Van der Sloot married a Peruvian woman in July 2014. Ceremony in a high-security prison.


This story has been edited to correct a misspelling in Natalie Holloway’s name.


Associated Press journalist Regina García Cano reports from Mexico City. Associated Press journalist Kimberly Her Chandler contributed a report from Montgomery, Alabama.

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