Dutch officials didn’t try to prevent alleged serial killer Joran van der Sloot’s extradition to US: Interpol
A high-ranking Peruvian law enforcement official denied that Dutch authorities tried to scupper plans to extradite convicted murderer and alleged serial killer Joran van der Sloot to the US to face federal charges this week.
“The Dutch authorities have collaborated with us, that’s why they made an emergency passport,” said Col. Carlos Lopez Aeda, head of Interpol in Peru, in an interview Friday with Fox News Digital.
Van der Sloot was extradited to the US on Thursday to face wire fraud and extortion charges in Alabama related to the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Holloway was on a senior class trip to Aruba, where Van der Sloot is from when she vanished.
She was last seen leaving a bar with Van der Sloot, who has not been charged with her death, although he is considered a prime suspect.
The teen’s body was never found, and an Alabama judge declared her legally dead in 2012.
Prosecutors say Van der Sloot tried to demand $250,000 from Holloway’s mother, claiming to know where to find her remains.
According to Lopez Aeda, Van der Sloot refused to receive or sign his passport before the US trip, forcing immigration authorities in Peru to come up with an alternative and issue the convicted killer official exit documents.
“Everyone who leaves or enters has to follow the rules and procedures established by the immigration authorities,” López Aeda told the outlet. “The Embassy of the Netherlands did not interpose any obstacle or advise the defense at all, they only limited themselves to providing him with the passport that he rejected, because he did not want to sign anything.”
Van der Sloot was serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for the 2010 murder of Peruvian heiress Stephany Flores, whom he confessed to killing in a hotel room in Lima.
The Interpol official’s remarks seem to contradict claims by van der Sloot’s Lima-based defense attorney who said publicly that Dutch embassy officials had been interfering in a bid to halt or delay the extradition and urged the 35-year-old to fight extradition in a prison visit before he was placed in temporary U.S. custody.
Van der Sloot pleaded not guilty in his first appearance in a Birmingham, Alabama, federal courtroom Friday.
He is being held without bail while he awaits trial.