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Van der Sloot to Fight Extradition

By May 15, 2012

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After a Peruvian judge approved provisional detention for convicted killer Joran Van der Sloot, the main suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway announced his plans to fight extradition to the United States. Van der Sloot faces extortion and wire fraud charges in the U.S. in connection with the Holloway case.

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.

See Also:
Joran Van der Sloot to Fight US Extradition from Peru

Background:
The Crimes of Joran Van der Sloot
The Murder Confession of Joran Van der Sloot

More Information:
Natalee Holloway: Missing in Aruba

Forum:
Discuss The Van der Sloot Case

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Comments

May 16, 2012 at 10:36 am
(1) Rose Young-Stewart says:

The family of Natalee Holloway is probably happy to get his —- on US Soil. It seems odd to me though that NOW is when he has to come here. Why can’t it wait about 30 years when he has finished his Peru sentence? All that shuffling between Alabama and Peru to me doesn’t make sense. But i am not an attorney. Does anyone know how his mother feels about this case?

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