TV crime reporter Peter R de Vries has won the international Emmy award for best current affairs programme for his investigation into the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005.
The show, screened on Dutch tv in February, featured secret recordings of the main suspect, Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot talking about how Holloway died and how he got a friend to dump her body at sea.
Almost half the Dutch population watched the programme. The show, or fragments from it, was also broadcast in the US.
De Vries accepted the award at a glittering ceremony in New York on Monday together with Natalee’s mother Beth. They dedicated it to the memory of the dead girl.
‘This is the prize of prizes,’ De Vries is reported as saying. ‘You only win this once.’
Investigation nears end
Meanwhile, the Volkskrant reports that the police investigation into Van der Sloot’s role in the disappearance of Holloway will be completed at the end of this year.
He has twice been arrested and released because of a lack of evidence.
During the programme, Van der Sloot tells Patrick van der Eem, who was working for De Vries, that the girl was completely drunk and died while they were on the beach.
A spokesman for the Aruban justice department has told the Volkskrant that the authorities will decide by the end of 2008 if there is enough evidence to prosecute Van der Sloot.
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