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Peru says Van der Sloot can be extradited to US

Peru's top court has ruled Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot can be extradited to the United States in connection with the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, but only after serving a Peruvian prison sentence for murder.

According to documents, the Supreme Court decided last week that Van der Sloot's extradition must wait until he serves out his 28-year sentence for the 2010 killing of a young Peruvian business student in Lima. The sentence handed down in January is under appeal.

Van der Sloot, 24, is wanted in the United States for extortion in connection with the unsolved Holloway case in which he was a prime suspect.

"The Supreme Court has accepted the extradition request, but has not set a date for its execution," Van der Sloot's lawyer Max Altez said on Monday.

Van der Sloot could spend less than a decade behind bars in Peru because the country often frees prisoners for good behavior after serving a third of their terms. His lawyers want his sentence cut anyway.

"We were surprised by how quickly the extradition request was heard," Altez said. "We think there is a lot of pressure from the US government. We think that if Joran Van der Sloot is extradited to the US he won't receive a fair trail."

The US embassy in Lima didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. It initiated a process to extradite Van der Sloot to face charges of extortion on Jan. 30.

Prosecutors say Van der Sloot, who was arrested but never charged over Holloway's disappearance, tried to get thousands of dollars in cash from her family in exchange for information on the whereabouts of her body.

Holloway was last seen during a graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Van der Sloot's lawyers have argued that post-traumatic stress from the Holloway inquiries led Van der Sloot to kill 21-year-old Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room after he saw her looking at his laptop, which contained e-mails about the Aruba case. They had met playing poker in a Lima casino.

 

 

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