Joren van der Sloot pleaded no contest to extradition from Peru to the United States. His lawyer told Andhra News Agency.
Van der Sloot is in a high-security prison in Peru over the 2010 murder of Peruvian student Stephanie Flores. In America he was accused of extorting money from the Holloway family.
Van der Sloot has been linked for years to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba in 2005 when she was 18. The student last saw van der Sloot leave a bar. Her body was never found and Dutch was never prosecuted.
US prosecutors now want to prosecute van der Sloot because he asked Holloway’s relatives for $250,000 in exchange for information on the whereabouts of her body. He received an advance of $50,000, but left for Peru with it. That happened in 2020. He later admitted to making false promises.
This month, authorities in Peru announced plans to extradite van der Sloot to the United States to face extortion and fraud charges.
An agreement between Peru and the United States allows for the temporary extradition of a suspect for trial in another country. After legal proceedings, the suspect should be sent back. Initially, van der Sloot’s lawyer said he wanted to challenge the extradition.
Van der Sloot faces up to 25 years in prison for extortion in the US. It is not known when it will be brought to the US.