Natalee Holloway suspect Joran van der Sloot extradited to US

Peruvian police and Interpol agents handing Van der Sloot to the FBI. Photo: Via ANP

Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman jailed in Peru for murder and the main suspect in the Natalee Holloway disappearance, was extradited to the US on Thursday to face charges of blackmailing Holloway’s family.

Beth Holloway issued a statement earlier welcoming the news that Peru is ‘temporarily’ sending Van der Sloot to the US. Natalee disappeared on Aruba in 2005 and her body has never been found. She was last seen in a bar on the island with Van der Sloot who lived there.

The US wants to prosecute Van der Sloot for asking the Holloway family for $250,000 for information about where the girl’s body could be found. He later admitted that his promises were false and could face 25 years in a US jail.

Van der Sloot is currently serving 28 years in a Peruvian jail for the murder of 21-year-old student Stephay Flores, five years after Holloway’s disappearance.

‘It has been a very long and painful journey, but the persistence of many is going to pay off. Together, we are finally getting justice for Natalee,’ Beth Holloway said in the statement.

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