Joran van der Sloot — the man suspected in Natalee Holloway’s 2005 disappearance and suspected slaying in Aruba — will be extradited to the U.S. from Peru, where he has been imprisoned for another murder.
“Crime Stories” host Nancy Grace explained to Fox’s “America’s Newsroom” that the extradition could be happening now because pressure has been put on Peruvian officials. Grace explained that a 2001 treaty between the U.S. and Peru allows for temporary extradition in instances where a Peruvian national who has already been convicted and is serving time.
According to Grace, van der Sloot got married and had children while imprisoned for the 2010 slaying of Peruvian citizen Stephany Flores, 21. In 2012, van der Sloot was sentenced to 28 years for Flores’ slaying — which he said was fueled by her finding out about his connection to Holloway’s murder.
“At the end of that prosecution in the U.S., both countries will decide where he should do the rest of his time,” she told Fox. “I can only hope it will be in a maximum-security, federal penitentiary in the U.S.”
According to reports, Holloway, 18, was last seen leaving a bar in Aruba with van der Sloot, who was also 18 at the time.
Van der Sloot is being extradited to Alabama, where he was indicted for wire fraud and extortion in 2010. He is accused of telling Holloway’s family that he would tell them where Holloway’s remains were located.
Van der Sloot, a Dutch national, was reportedly paid $10,000 for this information. Afterward, he allegedly provided a link to a website that he claimed detailed where Holloway’s remains were buried, but that was not the case.
Holloway’s remains have not been found.
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[Featured image: Joran van der Sloot Peruvian mug shot/Left; Natalee Holloway via FBI/right]