Bllogged By: De De Tillman
Source & Story Credit: New York Daily News – Nina Mandell
Photo Credit: inquisitr
Posted: Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 12:05 p.m PST
According to New York Daily News, American authorities want to try Joran Andreas Petrus van der Sloot on charges of extortion and wire fraud in the Holloway case.
“I think he will be extradited within the next three months,” said Van der Sloot’s attorney, Maximo Altez. “He will go to trial in the United States. Once he is sentenced, he will return to Peru to finish serving his 28 years, and then go back to the States to serve whatever sentence he gets there.”
According to the report, the only delay is Van der Sloot’s appeal against the extradition, which should be finished in a month.
Van der Sloot was indicted by an American grand jury in 2010 after he allegedly attempted to extort $250,000 from Holloway’s mother for information on her whereabouts. She ended up shelling out $25,000, but the Dutch citizen provided what appears to be false information.
He allegedly used that money to travel to a poker tournament in Peru. If found guilty of extortion, he could face up to 24 years in prison.
Natalee Holloway, who was 18 when she disappeared on a class trip to Aruba, has never been found. Van der Sloot was never charged with her murder, but is believed to be the last person to see her alive and is widely suspected in her death.
She was declared legally dead last January.