Dutch student Joran van der Sloot has nothing to fear from claims that the disappearance of American holiday-maker Natalee Holloway has been solved, his lawyer told US tv station Fox News on Thursday evening.
Dutch tv crime journalist Peter R. de Vries claims he has solved the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the teenager on the former Dutch colony of Aruba in May 2005.
De Vries says he used a hidden camera to find answers to most of the questions surrounding the girl’s disappearance.
The Aruban authorities have confirmed they are re-examining the case.
Van der Sloot has twice been arrested in connection with the case. He is the last person to have seen Natalee and says he left her on the beach the night she vanished.
‘I have spoken to Joran. I have spoken to his parents and they have spoken with the Aruban prosecutor Hans Mos,’ lawyer Joe Tacopina said. ‘There are no concerns that this will lead to a revelation pointing to Joran van der Sloot’s guilt.’
Holloway’s mother Beth Twitty was in the Netherlands on Thursday to discuss the case with De Vries. ‘It was very emotional,’ De Vries told tv programme Hart van Nederland.
In a press release published on De Vries’ website, the Aruban justice ministry says the fresh information ‘may shed new light on the way Natalee Holloway died and the method by which her body disappeared.’ It says it is currently investigating the ‘reliability and value’ of the information.
De Vries has refused to go into further details. The full results of his investigation will be broadcast during his Sunday night tv show on SBS.
Weblog VKmag.com claims to carry a screen dump from De Vries’ website carrying a transcript of a conversation between De Vries and Aruban prosecutor Hans Mos.
In the transcript, De Vries asks Mos what he thinks of ‘Joran’s confession’. Mos answers: ‘It is very impressive. This is the essential part that was lacking in our investigation,’ adding later that ‘clearly it is the first time he confessed to somebody’.
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