Joran van der Sloot will be extradited to the U.S. to face charges for fraud and extorting money from Natalee Holloway’s family. Peruvian judges have already sentenced van der Sloot to 28 years in prison on January 13, 2012 for murdering business student Stephany Flores in 2010. Prior to Flores’s murder, Joran was the prime suspect in Natalee’s Holloway’s 2005 disappearance.
Now, American authorities are attempting to try Joran for extortion and wire fraud. On September 6, 2010, he admitted to the extortion plot in an interview published by De Telegraaf, he states, “I wanted to get back at Natalee’s family. Her parents have been making my life tough for five years.”
Van der Sloot’s attorney said that his client was not paid for the interview and suggested that “maybe there were some mistakes in the translation.”
A judge has approved a provisional detention between Peru and the U.S.; however, a formal extradition request has not been submitted.
Joran’s attorney, Maximo Altez, has stated that the U.S. extradition request “is in the process of being evaluated” by Peruvian authorities.
According to Altez, his client’s appeal is holding up the extradition process which should be finished in about a month.
“I think he will be extradited within three months,” said Altez. “He will go to trial in the U.S. 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.”