Holloway suspect admits lying
26 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot, 18, has admitted he lied about the last time he saw Alabama graduate Natalee Holloway who has been missing on the Dutch Caribbean island Aruba since the end of May.
26 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot, 18, has admitted he lied about the last time he saw Alabama graduate Natalee Holloway who has been missing on the Dutch Caribbean island Aruba since the end of May.
But Van der Sloot denied he harmed Holloway and insisted in a television interview that she was fine when he left her.
He was interviewed in the Netherlands for American television programme "A Current Affair" aired on Monday.
Van der Sloot spent over two months in custody as repeated searches, including missions by Dutch F-16 jets, failed to turn up any trace of Holloway.
He returned to the Netherlands to study at the start of September after a court on the Dutch autonomous territory of Aruba ordered his release. He remains a suspect.
Holloway, 18, vanished on 30 May while holidaying on Aruba with friends to celebrate their graduation from high school.
Van der Sloot and two of his friends, Surinamese nationals Satish K., 18, and Deepak
K., 21, are believed to be the last people to have been with Holloway prior to her disappearance.
Van der S. was arrested on 9 June and while he has given differing accounts of the last hours with Holloway he has always denied harming her.
He and the brothers initially told police they dropped Holloway off alone at her hotel but later admitted Van der Sloot was dropped off with the teen.
"We agreed to lie," Van der Sloot said during the interview. But he insisted the night ended when he left her alone on the beach.
"She wanted to stay here the whole night. I told her no I had to go. I even lifted her up to carry her back to the hotel, and she told me to put her down," he said.
Van der Sloot said he had been drinking with Holloway when they left with the brothers.
"Obviously she was drunk. I had stuff to drink, too. She wanted to go with me. I wanted to go with her. It was totally consensual," he claimed.
Editor's note: In keeping with Dutch convention, Expatica did not publish the Dutch suspect's full name until he decided to give a public interview.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news