Yoran van der Sloat is released from Chalaparka Prison in Tacna, Peru, and heads to another prison in Lima.
FBI special agents arrived in Peru on Wednesday to process the temporary transfer of Yoran van der Sloat, a law enforcement source familiar with the operation told CNN.
U.S. federal officials departed from Birmingham, Alabama, for Lima on Wednesday morning in an executive jet used for foreign custody transfer missions, and the team will depart Thursday after Van der Sloat’s extradition, according to people familiar with the matter. He plans to return to Alabama with van der Sloat in July. US authorities.
Van der Sloat, the man responsible for the 2005 disappearance of teenage girl Natalie Holloway in Alabama, was temporarily extradited from Peru to the United States on Thursday on racketeering and fraud charges. said the Peruvian authorities.
The U.S. extortion and wire fraud charges relate to allegations that Holloway’s mother extorted money from her by providing false information about her daughter’s disappearance in 2010.
Van der Sloot is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence in Peru for the murder of Stephanie Flores, 21, in her hotel room in Lima in 2012. He is currently being held at Ancon Prison 1 in Peru.
Peru initially agreed to extradite van der Sloat to the United States to face charges of racketeering and wire fraud only after he has served his sentence for murder. But last month, the country reversed course and agreed to transfer him temporarily to the United States and then back to Peru to face extortion and wire fraud charges, the country’s judiciary said.
Justice Minister Daniel Maurate said Peru “agreed to the temporary migration to the United States of Mr. van der Sloot because he was convicted here and has to serve time here.” Stated. “But the United States needs him to stand trial, and the authorities say if he doesn’t come to trial sooner, the case against him may be dropped because the witnesses are old. said to
Van der Sloat’s lawyers argued on Monday that the transfer to the United States should be stopped, but the Lima High Court on Thursday ordered van der Sloat handed over to an FBI agent.
Holloway was last seen alive 18 years ago when he walked out of an Aruba nightclub with Van der Sloat and two other men.
Police in Aruba arrested and released Van der Sloot, brothers Deepak Karpoe and Satish Karpoe multiple times in 2005 and 2007 in connection with Ms Holloway’s disappearance. The men’s lawyers pleaded not guilty throughout the investigation.
In December 2007, the Aruba Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that none of the three would be prosecuted and dropped the case for lack of evidence.
Holloway’s body has never been found. An Alabama judge signed an order in 2012 declaring her legally dead. Currently, no one has been charged in her death.