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Natalie Holloway suspect Joran van der Sloat temporarily extradited to US, Peru says

MEXICO CITY — The Peruvian government Wednesday issued an executive order authorizing the temporary extradition to the United States of the prime suspect in the unsolved disappearance of American student Natalie Holloway on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. .

The Peruvian embassy in Washington told the Associated Press that the order allowed Dutchman Joran van der Sloot to be charged with extortion and wire fraud.

Van der Sloot is serving 28 years in prison in Peru after being convicted of murdering 21-year-old Peruvian student Stephany Flores after meeting her in a Lima casino in 2010.

The killing occurred five years after Holloway went missing in Aruba, where Van der Throat lived, during a high school graduation trip. She was last seen leaving the bar with him.

Holloway’s body was never found, and no charges were filed against Van der Throat in the incident. A judge later declared Holloway dead.

US prosecutors allege that Van der Sloot received $25,000 in cash from Holloway’s family in early 2010 in exchange for a promise to take him to Holloway’s body just before he left for Peru.

“At a time when people are moving more and more across borders, our agency is working to ensure that criminals are brought to justice,” said the Peruvian International Legal Cooperation Agency and the National Prosecutor’s Office extradition. Director General Edgar Alfredo Rebaza said. , said in a statement. “We will continue to cooperate on legal matters with allies such as the United States and many other countries with which we have extradition treaties.”

A 2001 treaty between Peru and the United States made it possible to temporarily extradite suspects to trial in the other country. It requires that a prisoner be “returned” after judicial proceedings have been completed against him “according to conditions determined by both countries.”

Van der Sloot pleaded guilty to the murder charge of Flores’ murder in January 2012.

Prosecutors have accused him of murdering Flores, a business student from a prominent family, to rob her after learning she won money at a casino where the two met. beat her in her hotel room, strangled her, and killed her with “brutalism.”

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