Joran van der Sloot pleaded guilty to extortion and fraud last week in a twisted plot to take money from the mother of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager he now has admitted to killing in Aruba in 2005.
Although the plea agreement in federal court in Birmingham, Alabama, does not include murder charges for killing on foreign soil, authorities in both countries have indicated that criminal charges could still arise in the island nation.
Natalee Holloway was last seen alive on May 30, 2005, leaving a bar with van der Sloot. He was the prime suspect in her disappearance for the next 18 years and finally admitted to killing her in a confession made public last week on October 3, after pleading guilty in the extortion case.
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The plea deal required van der Sloot to submit to a polygraph test – which he did.
He accepted the deal, confessed to killing Holloway on the beach after she refused his sexual advances, then took a polygraph test. And he might have gotten away with it if the Holloway family, their supporters, the FBI and an international team of investigators hadn’t doggedly pursued the case for nearly two decades.
Beth Holloway, Natalee’s mother, told Fox News on Wednesday that in addition to the taped confession, the FBI was able to corroborate her claims. And Judge Anna Manasco said in court that the confession was considered in combination with analysis and evidence by the FBI.
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The polygraph was “just one tool” in a broader investigation, an FBI official told Fox News Digital on Monday.
“We have been working on this case for 18 years, so a lot of investigative work has been done over that time and has formed the basis of our investigation,” the official said.
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Officials declined to elaborate on the rest of this evidence, citing the possibility that other crimes could be investigated by their Aruban counterparts. But they said the FBI, federal prosecutors — and especially the Holloway family — were all convinced van der Sloot was telling the truth in his recorded confession.
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“After 18 years, Natalee’s case has been resolved,” Holloway’s mother told reporters outside the courthouse immediately after last week’s hearing. “Joran van der Sloot is the killer.”
As part of the plea deal, Manasco said U.S. prosecutors agreed not to use van der Sloot’s confession against him for any other purpose.
But in Aruba, authorities tell Fox News Digital their case against van der Sloot is still open and are requesting investigative documents from the Justice Department.
“The Holloway case remains under investigation in Aruba. Police, the Aruba Public Prosecutor’s Office and other investigative entities will follow any serious leads that may resolve the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. The search for what happened to him continues unabated,” said Ann Angela, spokesperson for the Aruba Attorney General’s Office. “We have requested all documents related to the investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice, which we will examine before deciding on the outcome of the investigation. procedural measures to be taken against Joran van der Sloot. So far, although we are indeed aware of the information appearing in the press, we have not yet been formally informed by the American authorities. »
However, in Aruba, there is a 12-year statute of limitations for charging an individual with murder. Angela told Fox News Digital the problem isn’t simple.
“Your question whether the suspicions against Joran van der Sloot, who at the time of Ms Holloways’ disappearance was still a minor, are time-barred or not, cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. It depends on “He “This is an open investigation, the prosecution will only provide limited information to the media, including on the issue of statute of limitations,” Angela said. “The first thing for us at the moment is to obtain the documents requested from the United States Department of Justice.”
Van der Sloot will return to Peru to serve his sentence in the mountaintop Challapacla prison for the 2010 murder of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old business student he killed in her father’s casino . His sentence for the extortion and fraud charges will run concurrently, and once his Peruvian sentence is completed, he will remain imprisoned there for the remainder of his U.S. sentence.
Van der Sloot’s lawyer previously told Fox News Digital that his client hated the conditions there. Challapalca is known for its freezing nighttime temperatures, and van der Sloot was transferred there after a drug and cellphone trafficking scandal at his former prison. Challapalca is so isolated and so high above sea level that there is no cell phone service there, the lawyer said.
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Van der Sloot has offered changing explanations for Holloway’s final hours over the years, including that he pushed her in a rock, causing head trauma. He also claimed that his father, a prominent judge who died in 2010, helped hide the body.
In his confession, van der Sloot also said that two friends who were with him the night of Holloway’s death had returned home before the murder.
Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, as well as van der Sloot, were arrested and released several times while Aruban authorities investigated the case. Island Police also questioned Paulus van der Sloot, the killer’s father.
Holloway’s remains have not been found, but authorities do not rule out that they one day will be.