Father of Dutch teen freed in Aruba
27 June 2005AMSTERDAM — Police investigating the mysterious disappearance of US schoolgirl Natalee Holloway on Aruba have released a Dutch judge.
27 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — Police investigating the mysterious disappearance of US schoolgirl Natalee Holloway on Aruba have released a Dutch judge.
Paul van der S, 53, who is a magistrate on the island, was taken into custody on 24 June on suspicion of being an accessory in the suspected murder, manslaughter or kidnapping leading to death of 18-year-old Holloway.
An examining magistrate in the capital Oranjestad ordered the release of Van der S. from custody on Sunday evening, citing a lack of evidence to justify holding him any longer. DJ Steve C., 26, was also freed by the court.
Van der S.'s son, Joran, 17, and two Surinamese brothers, Deepak and Satish K., aged 21 and 17 respectively, were remanded in custody for another eight days.
The three young men remain prime suspects in the case that has gripped Aruba and the US in recent weeks. They were seen with Holloway as she left a nightclub on the island on 30 May.
What happened after that remains shrouded in mystery but no trace of Holloway has been found since then. The public prosecutor suspects she is dead, possibly murdered.
Local officers and experts from the Netherlands have been joined in the search by a specialist company from Texas hired by the girl's family.
Holloway was due to fly home on 31 May with about 100 classmates who had celebrated their graduation by holidaying on Aruba, a small Caribbean island of 71,500 people which is an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news, Aruban news, Natalee Holloway