Appeal against damages for suspect's father

9th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

9 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Aruban Prosecution Service has confirmed it will appeal against the damages won by Dutchman Paul van der Sloot.

9 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Aruban Prosecution Service has confirmed it will appeal against the damages won by Dutchman Paul van der Sloot.

Last week a court on the autonomous Dutch island of Aruba ruled that Van der Sloot was arrested and detained for four days without due cause as part of the investigation into the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway.

He was awarded 40,000 Aruban Guilders in compensation, roughly equal to EUR 17,000 or USD 22,000. He was also granted 13,500 in costs.

He is the father of Joran van der Sloot, 19, the last person seen with Holloway before she vanished. The youth was held in custody for several months as the main suspect but he consistently denied harming her.

The Prosecution Service said in a statement that it did not agree with the "content of the ruling or the size of the damages awarded". It has therefore decided to appeal the decision.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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