Friday, August 11, 2006

Natalee Holloway: Prosecutors appeal "damages"

Well, as it turns out, they are appealing the amount of money, not having to pay. Still, I hope their appeal is successful. I don't think Paulus van der Sloot deserves about $10,000 for each day he was in jail.
Story below from,2933,207503,00.html:

Aruban Prosecutors to Appeal Order to Pay Damages to Paulus Van Der Sloot
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Aruban
prosecutors said Tuesday they will appeal an order to compensate a man detained
in the disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway.
judge on the Dutch Caribbean island ruled on July 28 that the prosecutor's
office should pay $30,190 to Paulus van der Sloot,
a former justice official in Aruba who was detained in the case for three days,
for defamation and legal fees.
"The public prosecutor's office does not agree
with the amount granted, since this is much higher than usual," spokeswoman
Mariaine Croes said.
Van der Sloot, a Dutch national, was arrested June 23,
2005, in the disappearance of Holloway, from Mountain Brook, Alabama, who
vanished a month earlier on the final night of her high school graduation trip
to the island. She was 18 at the time of her disappearance.
Holloway was last
seen leaving a bar with the official's son, Joran van der Sloot, and two
Surinamese brothers.
Joran van der Sloot and
the brothers were detained in her disappearance and later released after a court
ruled there was not enough evidence to hold them.
At the time of his arrest,
authorities said they suspected Paulus van der Sloot of assisting his son, but
he was released three days later and was also never charged in the case.
der Sloot now works for a law firm on the island that represented his son. His
attorney, Arie Swaen, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

In an earlier article by Expatica, the amount was listed as being equivalent to $27, 900.
Hopefully, the next bit of news on Natalee will be something encouraging!
Anyway, if you know anything about the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, please call 1-866-SOS-LOST (1-866-767-5678).
Natalee's website:
One of probably many blogs about Natalee:
Wristbands to pay for searches for Natalee are still on sale at

Photo of Natalee from her website. (There was one with the article, which seemed to be like a cropped version of this one.)

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