Peru plans to extradite Joren van der Sloot to the US. He is accused of extorting money from Natalee Holloway’s family.
The 18-year-old American student went missing in Aruba in 2005. He ended up leaving a bar with van der Sloot. Her body was never found and Dutch was never prosecuted.
U.S. prosecutors want to prosecute Van der Sloot because he asked relatives for $250,000 in exchange for information about the whereabouts of Holloway’s body. He later admitted that they were false promises. He faces up to 25 years in prison for extortion in the US.
Van der Sloot is currently serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for another case: the murder of 21-year-old Peruvian student Stephanie Flores. The murder happened five years after Holloway disappeared.
An agreement between Peru and the United States allows for the temporary extradition of a suspect for trial in another country. However, the prisoner will be repatriated after the completion of court proceedings. Van der Sloot’s attorney tells the Associated Press he plans to challenge extradition.
Natalee’s mother, Beth Holloway, released a statement after news of the temporary deportation. “We are finally getting justice for Natalie,” he writes. “The perseverance of many will pay off.”
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