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Van Der Sloot Extradited

Joran van der Sloot, the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, will be

temporarily extradited to the US on an executive order from Peru to face charges of attempted extortion and wire fraud.

Holloway disappeared in May 2005 while traveling with high school classmates to Aruba. Van der Sloot, a Dutch national, is one of the last known people to be seen with Holloway. In 2010, a US jury indicted van der Sloot for attempting to extort $25K from Holloway’s mother by promising to disclose the location of her body, demanding an additional $225K after its discovery.

Under a 2001 treaty between Peru and the US, a person serving prison time can be extradited temporarily to the requesting country for prosecution. Peru initially said they would extradite van der Sloot in 2038 after he finished his 28-year sentence for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores Ramirez. See a timeline of the case here.

Van der Sloot has never been officially charged with Holloway's death, and her body remains missing.

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