Van der Sloot has been indicted in the U.S. for taking $25,000 from Beth Holloway in exchange for telling her where she could find Natalee, which he never did.
Judge Zenaida Vilca told Van der Sloot last week that the U.S. intended to extradite him. His attorney informed the judge that he would fight extradition.
Parole Is the Big Issue
Under a treaty between the U.S. and Peru, Van der Sloot could be transferred to the U.S. to be tried, and then returned to Peru to finish his 28-year sentence for the confessed murder of Stephany Flores. He then would be sent back to the U.S. to serve his sentence here.
The big issue for Van der Sloot is parole eligibility. If he successfully fights extradition to the U.S., he will probably be paroled after only one-third of his sentence in Peru. If he is convicted in the United States, however, he would probably not be eligible for parole in Peru and would have to serve most of the 28 years.
Van der Sloot's attorney, Maximo Altez, said it is important for his client to fight the extradition.
Not Optimistic About Fight
"It's not good for us if Van der Sloot goes to the United States because everyone hates him there and the members of the jury will thus be biased," Altez said. "We will defend ourselves with all the legal remedies possible."
But Altez was not optimistic about the fight.
"The power of the United States will assure that Joran has to face a U.S. judge and I think the extradition will happen probably in two or three months," he said.
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