Aruba prosecutor: Not informed by Peruvian police about Joran van der Sloot’s recent confessions about Holloway

June 11th, 2010 - 8:32 pm ICT by BNO News  

Joran Van Der Sloot LIMA (BNO NEWS) — Aruba’s chief prosecutor told BNO News on Friday that it is not aware of Joran van der Sloot’s alleged statement in Peru in which he said he was willing to tell Aruban authorities where the body of missing American teenager Natalee Holloway is.

Van der Sloot was recently accused of killing 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez in the early hours of May 30, the fifth anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance, at a hotel in the Peruvian capital of Lima. He later confessed to her murder, saying he got angry after Flores found out that he is a suspect in Holloway’s disappearance.

Natalee Holloway went missing on May 30, 2005 during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. The case received international media attention, but her body was never found.

Van der Sloot has always been the prime suspect in her disappearance, and made several ‘confessions’ during interviews with hidden cameras. Real evidence, however, was never found and the taped confessions to undercover journalists did not constitute legal evidence.

On Thursday, NBC News - citing police sources - reported that Van der Sloot is now willing to tell authorities in Aruba where to find Holloway’s remains. The network did not provide further details.

But on Friday, Aruban prosecutor Peter Blanken told BNO News that - although he was aware of the media reports in the United States - his office had not been informed by Peruvian authorities about the reported statements.

“It could be interesting if it is true,” he said, while adding a note of caution about Van der Sloot’s history of false statements.

Blanken said his office was trying to get into contact with Peruvian police to get more information, but said they had been unsuccessful as of Friday morning.

Besides the cases in Peru and Aruba, Van der Sloot is also wanted in the United States where prosecutors have charged him with extortion and wire fraud after he tried to extort $250,000 from Natalee Holloway’s mother in exchange for the location of her remains and the circumstances surrounding her death.

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