Joran van der Sloot arrested again
22 November 2007, ARNHEM - Joran van der Sloot was arrested again on Wednesday as a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. The national public prosecution office has announced this. The arrest followed on a request from the public prosecution department on Aruba. The authorities say that further investigation on Aruba has yielded new evidence.
22 November 2007
ARNHEM - Joran van der Sloot was arrested again on Wednesday as a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. The national public prosecution office has announced this.
The arrest followed on a request from the public prosecution department on Aruba. The authorities say that further investigation on Aruba has yielded new evidence.
The prosecution department says Van der Sloot has been arrested because of his involvement in the manslaughter or (gross) assault on Natalee Holloway, "resulting in her death."
Brothers Deepak and Satish K. were also arrested in Aruba on Wednesday on the same grounds, the chief commissioner of police on the island announced Wednesday. The two brothers and Joran van der Sloot were the last people seen with 18-year-old Natalee before she disappeared on the night of 30 May 2005. She was never found.
After the investigation hit a dead end last year, Aruban authorities requested support from the national police corps in the Netherlands. A team of 20 people assisted in the investigation on Aruba from April to June 2007, which included a search of Van der Sloot's family home on Aruba. It is not known if the new evidence was found there.
The public prosecutor on Aruba did not want to comment on the nature of the new evidence. "Investigation has been carried out. New material came to the surface, which the suspects will be confronted with in the coming days," the prosecutor said Wednesday.
The prosecution department says that the arrests fit in with the resolution to take a definite decision on the prosecution of the suspects by the end of the year.
Van der Sloot (20) was also arrested once in 2005, but released because of lack of evidence. Van der Sloot claims he left the girl behind alone on the beach after a night of clubbing. In his first talks with police however he lied about the incident.
He is now suspected of involvement in the death of the American girl. Aruba has asked for his extradition. The public prosecutor says that Van der Sloot must be on Aruba within eight days.
The police have arrested a total of ten people in connection with the case, but all were released. Earlier this year a book was published in which Joran van der Sloot gave his version of the events. He apologises to Holloway's family in the book. Joran's father, Paul, was also held in custody for several days in 2005 in connection with the disappearance.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news