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Natalee Holloway Case: Murder Suspect Joran van der Sloot to Arrive in United States Thursday

Joran van der Sloot Confesses to Murder of Natalee Holloway
Source: Mega

Joran has long been the prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway

Jun. 7 2023, Published 9:32 a.m. ET

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The main suspect in the 2005 unsolved disappearance of Natalee Holloway will be extradited to the United States after losing an appeal.

According to the Peruvian Supreme Court, Joran van Der Sloot will be sent to the U.S. on June 8 as previously planned, ABC News reported.

He recently had changed his mind and challenged his extradition, according to his lawyer. As Front Page Detectives previously reported, van der Sloot was scheduled to be extradited to the U.S. after being transferred to a prison in Lima last weekend.

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Then, van der Sloot’s attorney, Máximo Altez, said his client has reversed course after meeting with Dutch diplomats.

“He does not want to be extradited to the United States of America,” Altez said on June 6, according to WVTM. “He was visited today by his embassy (representatives) who made him see the mistake he was making by being extradited without due process.”

Altez claimed van der Sloot was never notified of an open extradition process and because of that, he was not able to challenge it. Less than a week ago, Altez said his client explained in a letter he didn’t plan to challenge the extradition, WVTM reported.

According to authorities, the Peruvian Foreign Ministry said it had “not received any complaint from the Netherlands regarding the case.”

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Joran has been serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for the 2010 murder of 21-year-old college student Stephany Flores, Front Page Detectives previously reported.

He was to be extradited from Peru to Alabama to face federal charges accusing van der Sloot of trying to extort money from the Holloway family in 2010. He allegedly promised to lead them to her body in exchange for $250,000 – $25,000 to disclose the location of Natalee’s body and then $225,000 when the remains were discovered.

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Holloway, who was 18 at the time, went missing during a senior class trip to Aruba in 2005.

Authorities have never found her body and Joran has never been charged, but officials believe he and two other men are the last people to see Holloway alive, Front Page Detectives reported.

Holloway was declared legally dead by an Alabama judge in 2012.


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