Holloway suspect accused in Alabama extortion

U.S. Attorney says Joran van der Sloot tried to get $250,000 in exchange for location of missing girl's body


Associated Press
June 4, 2010 3:16AM (UTC)

A Dutch man suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba has been charged in Alabama with trying to extort $250,000 in return for giving the location of her body.

The criminal complaint against Joran van der Sloot also accuses him of promising to describe the circumstances of Holloway's death.

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The U.S. attorney filed the charge Thursday in federal court in Birmingham.

According to a sworn statement, van der Sloot got a partial payment of $15,000 wired to a Netherlands bank.

The name of the person paying the money was not given. Van der Sloot has long been a suspect in the 18-year-old Alabama woman's disappearance.

Van der Sloot was arrested Thursday in Chile in the death of a 21-year-old woman from Peru.


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