Sunday, February 18, 2007

Natalee Holloway: No "damages" for Paulus van der Sloot

Finally, some good news in this case! Well, maybe not good news for Paulus van der Sloot.

No damages in Holloway case
15 February 2007
AMSTERDAM – Paul van der
Sloot, father of the main suspect in the Natalee Holloway case, has not been
awarded any damages by the court in Aruba. The decision cannot be
Paul van der Sloot was himself detained from 23 June until 26 June
2005 in connection with the disappearance of American high school student
Natalee Holloway. The examining magistrate decided at the time that there was
not enough evidence of involvement in the case.
The father of Joran, who
is still a suspect in the case, based his claim for damages on this
decision from the magistrate. Last year the court initially ruled that he should
be granted damages of 40,000 Aruban guilders (18,000 euro).
The court has now
ruled that his arrest at the time was “without grounds but not unjustified.” “So
he will not be getting anything,” summarised lawyer Arie
Eighteen-year-old Holloway disappeared after a night out on 30 May
2005. She left a nightclub with three young men and was never found. The police
have arrested ten people since her disappearance but all have since been
There was much criticism from the US about how Aruban authorities
handled the case. The Netherlands has led the investigation since September and
made officers of the national police corps available to the effort.

If you know anything about the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, please call 1-866-SOS-LOST (1-866-767-5678).

Natalee's father and stepmother have started the Natalee Holloway Foundation to help other American families who have loved ones who are missing and endangered in other countries. For more information, visit Natalee's mother also has an organization, the International Safe Travels Foundation, which teaches safety tips to those traveling abroad. For more information, visit

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