A person from the Netherlands connected to the 2005 disappearance in Aruba of an American teenager, Natalee Holloway, will be temporarily extradited to the United States from Peru to face charges of extortion and wire fraud, it has been said. by Peruvian authorities on Wednesday.
The man, Joran van der Sloot, is the suspect in the disappearance of Ms. Holloway, then 18, during his class trip to the Dutch island in 2005. He was in Peru serving a 28-year prison sentence for another case: the 2010 killing of Stephany Flores, a 21-year-old student in Peru.
Peru’s attorney general’s office, Patricia Benavides, told CBS News in a statement Wednesday that Mr. Van der Sloot will be temporarily extradited to the US for prosecution in the Holloway case. He will return to Peru “immediately following the proceedings,” CBS quoted the office as saying.
The attorney general’s office could not immediately be reached for comment, and the Peruvian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A lawyer for Mr. van der Sloot, Maximo Altez, told The Associated Press that he will fight the decision.
This is a developing story.