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Judge asked to dismiss Holloway lawsuit in NY

Published on March 09, 2006

9 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — A lawyer for Dutch youth Joran van der Sloot and his parents has asked a judge to dismiss the civil case filed against them in New York by the family of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway.

State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick agreed to hear arguments on the motion to dismiss on 17 May, US media sources reported on Thursday.

Lawyer Joseph Tacopina argues the lawsuit against his clients refers to a case that has no connection to New York. All the people involved in the lawsuit are non-residents of the state and the causes of the case arose in Aruba.

Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared last May while she and her friends were holidaying on Aruba to celebrate their graduation from school. Joran van der Sloot, now  was the person last seen with her on the night she vanished.

He and two of his friends were held in custody for weeks and questioned about her disappearance. They gave contradictory accounts of their time with Holloway but consistently denied harming her. The three young men were eventually released without charge and Joran van der Sloot returned to the Netherlands.

Holloway’s parents are convinced Joran van der Sloot is responsible for their daughter’s disappearance and they have spearheaded a campaign to find the truth.

The Van der Sloots were served with notification of the civil lawsuit when they came to New York for an interview with broadcaster ABC.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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