Peru has agreed to extradite convicted criminal Joran van der Sloot — the main suspect in the disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway — to the US by 2038, when he completes his sentence for the murder of 21-year-old Peruvian student Stephany Flores.
The report comes via the Peruvian news agency Andina, which states that the Dutch citizen will be sent to the US only after he finishes serving his 28-year sentence in Peru’s criminal system.
Van der Sloot has been indicted on federal charges of extortion and wire fraud and US authorities claim he extorted money from Holloway’s mother by offering false information in the case of her daughter’s disappearance.
In May of 2005, Alabama native Natalee Holloway, who was 18-years-old at the time, was in Aruba on a graduating trip with 100 classmates when she went missing, after leaving a nightclub with Joran van der Sloot and two others.
The former Aruba resident pled guilty in Peru to the murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramírez, who died on May 30, 2010, exactly five years after Holloway’s disappearance.
Authorities convicted van der Sloot of killing the Peruvian student in his hotel room and robbing her, after investigators believe she discovered incriminating evidence related to the Natalee Holloway disappearance on his laptop.
A hotel receptionist found the beaten body of the young Peruvian woman in the room that had belonged to the 26-year-old man, who fled the hotel without returning his key or switching the television off. Police recovered a tennis racket from the room, which they believe was the murder weapon.
Van der Sloot was taken into custody in Chile on June 3 and was deported to Peru the following day. On June 7, he confessed to causing the death of Flores Ramírez and was transferred to a Peruvian maximum security prison in the capital, Lima.
A Judge ruled that the confession was legal, after Joran van der Sloot attempted to retract, claiming that he had been intimidated by the local police and framed by the FBI.
As to the missing American teen, her body has never been found and no charges were ever filed against van der Sloot, even though he, along with two brothers — Deepak and Satish Kalpoe — were arrested in 2005 as suspects in her disappearance.
In the written confession released in Peru, Joran van der Sloot said of killing Flores Ramírez : “I did not want to do it. The girl intruded into my private life (…) she didn’t have any right. I went to her and I hit her. She was scared, we argued and she tried to escape. I grabbed her by the neck and hit her.”
[Image via Policia National de Peru]