Suspect in Woman’s 2005 Disappearance To Be Extradited To the US

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( – Joran van der Sloot, who is believed to be involved in the case of the missing Natalee Holloway, is reportedly going to be extradited from Peru to the US. Holloway made headlines back in 2005 when she disappeared on a graduation trip.

Holloway’s family issued a statement announcing the extradition of Van der Sloot. Beth Holloway, the missing woman’s mother, specifically stated that it had been eighteen years since Joran van der Sloot was transported by authorities to Birmingham. The statement appeared to indicate that he had already been extradited, but according to media reports, officials say this has yet to take place.

Van der Sloot is currently serving 28 years behind bars for killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores, a Peruvian, in 2010. Peruvian officials have allowed for the temporary extradition of Van der Sloot, who is a Dutch citizen, to the American authorities to face prosecution on the charges of extortion and fraud associated with the Holloway case, according to Peru Minister of Justice and Human Rights Daniel Maurate Romero.

Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Peru’s envoy to the US, has noted that he hoped this decision would help grant some measure of peace to Holloway’s family that is struggling just like Flores’ family is. Van der Sloot has been considered a significant suspect in the mysterious case of Holloway.

Holloway was expected to catch a flight back to her home in Alabama in May of 2005 following her trip to Aruba, but she never showed up. That morning, she had reportedly been spotted exiting a bar with Van der Sloot. Authorities never uncovered her remains, but in 2014, she was declared deceased. The case received worldwide media attention.

Van der Sloot was taken into custody at one point in connection to this case, but authorities didn’t have enough evidence to put him through a trial. Currently, it’s unknown when he will be moved to the US.

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