Murder suspect Joran van der Sloot en-route to Peru

June 4th, 2010 - 9:01 pm ICT by BNO News  

joran SANTIAGO (BNO NEWS) — A Dutchman who is the prime suspect in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway and is being accused of murdering a young woman in Peru is being deported from Chile - where he was detained on Thursday - to Peru on Friday, Interpol said.

22-year-old Van der Sloot was initially the main suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, an American teenager who went missing on May 30, 2005 during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. Her body was never found, and Van der Sloot has made conflicting statements, including a statement in which he said he dumped Holloway’s body in the sea.

On early Wednesday, the body of 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez was found in Van der Sloot’s hotel room at the Tac Hotel in Lima, the capital of Peru.

Friends of Flores said she had left them around 2.45 a.m. local time, and then went to visit a casino in Lima. Several hours later, at 5.16 a.m., Flores was seen leaving the casino while in the company of Van der Sloot. Her car was later found in another part of the city.

Van der Sloot fled Peru on Monday afternoon, but was detained by officers of the Chilean Investigation Police (PDI) on Thursday afternoon at around 12.30 p.m. local time. He was located at Highway 68 in a taxi, in which he was going to Santiago.

Interpol in Santiago on Friday said authorities had decided to deport Van der Sloot to Tacna, Peru, where he will be taken into custody by Peruvian police. Van der Sloot - while handcuffed - left the Chilean capital in the early morning hours aboard a military aircraft.

A spokesman for Interpol said the flight is expected to take about four hours, and Van der Sloot will then be handed over to Peruvian police.

Also on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance announced that Van der Sloot has been charged with extortion and wire fraud after he reportedly tried to extort $250,000 from Natalee Holloway’s mother in exchange for the location of her remains and the circumstances surrounding her death.

Earlier, the father of the Peruvian murder victim, Ricardo Flores, urged authorities to take action. “This is not his first murder. In 2005 he killed another girl,” Ricardo said, referring to Natalee Holloway. “But because the body was not found, he was released.”

The father added, “I don’t want to see more people suffering. I want to avoid that this man continues to kill.”

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