"No new evidence in Holloway case"

27th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2007, ORANJESTAD – The file that the public prosecution department has sent to the lawyers of the suspects arrested for the murder of Natalee Holloway mainly contains old material and is "ridiculous."

27 November 2007

ORANJESTAD – The file that the public prosecution department has sent to the lawyers of the suspects arrested for the murder of Natalee Holloway mainly contains old material and is "ridiculous."

Lawyers David Kock and Ronald Wix, representing suspects Deepak and Satish K., said this during a press conference on the island.

"The new evidence is a working out of the old material, which hadn't been done properly 2.5 years ago. It has been shuffled around a bit and presented as new," says lawyer David Kock, who received a 12-page file from the justice department.

"At the back, stashed away, there are some reports from tapped conversations, but 97 percent is old. The new evidence on its own is not good enough."

Lawyer Wix says the arrest of their clients is "illegal." "They were taken into custody earlier for the same offence. That is against the law. The public prosecution department is a bit desperate but it has gone too far this time. It is trying to buy more time for the case cost what it may."

The law firm that successfully represented the Surinamese brothers in the past has also encountered difficulties communicating with its clients this time. Wix: "We only spoke to them briefly at the arraignment, but were not allowed to be at the questioning. Moreover we were only given the documents a few hours ahead of time."

Wix and Kock, who are now officially only representing the younger brother Deepak K. (21), say they will appeal the decision from the justice department which stated that they may only represent the younger man. "We really do not understand what the problem is," says Kock. "The public prosecution department was not being so difficult before. This must be a tactical move, to keep the brothers from talking to each other."

The examining judge in Oranjestad has also decided that Joran van der Sloot, the chief suspect in the Holloway case, may be held for another eight days. The period of eight days starts on Wednesday. The prosecution suspects Van der Sloot, now 20, of manslaughter or gross assault on the American girl who disappeared in 2005. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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