Dutch Man Accused In Natalee Holloway Case Extradited To U.S. For Fraud Charges

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Dutch Man Accused In Natalee Holloway Case Extradited To U.S. For Fraud Charges

According to Peruvian police, a Dutch man accused in the 2005 disappearance of American girl Natalee Holloway is being extradited to the United States in connection with a fraud case.

In Peru, Joran van der Sloot is serving a 28-year jail term for the 2010 murder of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman.

He was detained but never convicted in Holloway's disappearance in Aruba in 2005.

Holloway was never discovered. The 18-year-old Alabama native went on a graduation trip and never returned. She was later proclaimed deceased by a court.

Van der Sloot was apprehended, released, and never prosecuted in that case.

The extradition is the latest twist in a case that sparked many news headlines when Holloway went missing, as well as various fictionalised films and documentaries, some of which were released more than a decade later.

The new case concerns fraud and extortion involving Holloway's mother, Peru's government said in a statement approving van der Sloot's transfer to the United States.

Beth Holloway accused van der Sloot for her daughter's murder once more in a statement released on Wednesday.

"It has been a long and painful journey, but many people's perseverance will pay off." "We are finally getting justice for Natalee as a group," she added.

According to court documents, Van der Sloot was charged criminally in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2010 with two federal charges of extortion and wire fraud.

According to a criminal complaint filed in 2010, he wired thousands of euros to the Netherlands on the promise that the location of Holloway's remains and details of her death would be divulged.

According to federal authorities, van der Sloot directed Beth Holloway to wire $25,000 total—$15,000 to his account in the Netherlands and $10,000 to a lawyer in New York who was to personally deliver the money to him in Aruba.

He showed the lawyer a location in Aruba where he said Holloway's bones were buried, but it was a deception, according to federal officials.

According to court records, the accusations in that instance were interfering with trade by threat or violence and wire fraud.

An FBI agent noted in an affidavit in that U.S. fraud case that the conspiracy entailed an effort to transfer a total of $250,000.

Maximo Altez, who represents van der Sloot, told The Associated Press that he will appeal the judgement once the Peruvian government has officially alerted him.

"I am going to challenge that resolution," the lawyer stated. "I'm going to fight it because he has the right to a defence."

A spokesman for the State Department declined to comment on Van der Sloot.

"As is customary, the Department does not comment on extradition matters," the spokeswoman stated.

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