Aruba’s examining judge on Monday morning refused to issue a new warrant for the arrest of Dutch student Joran van der Sloot in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, news agency ANP reports.
The 18-year-old vanished during the last night of a school trip to the holiday island of Aruba in May 2005.
The judge’s decision follows a tv programme in which Van der Sloot was recorded by secret camera admitting he had been with the girl when she died and explaining how he got a friend to dispose of her body at sea.
Van der Sloot has twice been arrested in connection with Natalee’s disappearance. According to ANP, the judge said the televised confession did not meet the tough demands needed to re-arrest him. The investigation into the case has, however, been reopened.
In Sunday night’s show Van der Sloot said Natalee’s body will never be found. Describing himself as ‘lucky’, Van der Sloot described how he phoned a friend to help dispose of her body. ‘The ocean is big’, he said.
Dutch tv crime reporter Peter R de Vries used hidden cameras to record conversations between Van der Slot and a ‘friend’.
Sitting in the front seat of a car and smoking marijuana, Van der Sloot is seen talking about how Natalee started shaking and died after they had sex on the beach late at night. ‘She didn’t say anything anymore,’ he says.
After fitting a car with three secret cameras, De Vries was able to record a number of conversations with Van der Sloot as he went for drives with an older friend called Patrick van der Eem. Van der Eem approached De Vries offering to help with the investigation after meeting the student at a casino last year.
In one conversation Van der Sloot tells Van der Eem he phoned a friend called Daury to help get rid of Natalee’s body. Daury loaded it into his boat and dumped it at sea, Van der Sloot said.
But free newspaper DAG carried an interview with Daury on its website on Sunday night in which the 21-year-old says Van der Sloot is talking nonsense. ‘That is bullshit,’ Daury says. ‘He cannot have said that. I was in Rotterdam at school.’
The Volkskrant, however, said there were doubts that this was the same person.
On Friday, Van der Sloot said he had made up the entire story. His lawyer also said Van der Sloot had nothing to fear from Peter R de Vries’ revelations.
In another conversation, Van der Sloot talks constantly about the financial compensation he is in the process of claiming.
In total, some seven million people watched De Vries’ programme, almost half the Dutch population.
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