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« Reply #30 on: Jun 24th, 2005, 05:28am »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- Aruban police on Thursday detained the father of a Dutch teen already in custody in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the teen's mother said.

"My husband was just picked up by police," Anita van der Sloot, referring to Paul van der Sloot, said in a telephone call to The Associated Press. "I don't know what to think."

Paul van der Sloot is an island judicial official.

Anita Van der Sloot was about to leave the house for an interview with the AP when she said police came for her husband. She did not have any additional information about the detention.

Four other people have been detained in connection with Holloway's disappearance May 30. The 18-year-old Mountain Brook, Ala., woman was celebrating her high school graduation.

The others in custody are Joran van der Sloot, 17; his friends Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and brother Satish Kalpoe, 18; and Steve Gregory Croes, 26. No one has been charged in the case.

While Anita van der Sloot had been allowed to visit her son occasionally in jail, authorities denied similar access to Paul van der Sloot, saying they believed contact between the two could damage the investigation.
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xx Re: Natalee Holloway-Al. June 2,2005
« Reply #31 on: Jun 26th, 2005, 2:09pm »

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ORANJESTAD, Aruba - A judge ordered Aruban police Sunday to release a party boat disc jockey held in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, saying authorities did not have enough evidence against him, the man's lawyer said.

Steven Gregory Croes, 26, is one of five people held in the disappearance of Holloway, an Alabama honors student last seen in the early hours of May 30. None of the five, including an island judicial official and his 17-year-old son, has been charged in the case.

Searches for Holloway have been fruitless.

"The judge agreed there is not enough proof he was involved to keep holding him," said Croes' lawyer, Eleni Lotter-Homan.

Croes, who was detained June 17, will be released Monday, Lotter-Homan said. He is a disc jockey on the party boat Tattoo, which offers nightly dining, dancing and swimming.

Joran van der Sloot, 17, and Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, were the last ones seen with Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala. Her passport and packed bags were found in her room.

After a night of eating, drinking and dancing at Carlos' N' Charlie's restaurant, the three men initially told police they took Holloway to a northern beach before dropping her off at her hotel around 2 a.m.

But on Saturday, Satish Kalpoe's lawyer said his client admitted that his story was a lie.

Satish now claims that he and brother dropped Holloway and van der Sloot off together at the Marriott hotel, then went home, his lawyer, David Kock, said.

On Sunday, Kock said the brothers were becoming increasingly angry with van der Sloot and accusing him of changing his story to put the blame for Holloway's disappearance on them.

Kock would not elaborate.

Van der Sloot's lawyer, Antonio Carlo, said, "My client maintains his innocence."

The fifth person in custody is van der Sloot's father, Paul, 52.

It was not clear how the disc jockey might be connected to the other detainees. His employer said Croes told him he knew one of the Kalpoe brothers because they went to the same Internet cafe.

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« Reply #32 on: Jun 27th, 2005, 08:19am »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba An Aruban judge freed the father of a Dutch teen arrested in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway (search), the man's wife said hours after the judge ordered a party boat disc jockey held in the case released.

Anita van der Sloot (search) said the most important thing for her now "is that my son comes [out] free."

Paul van der Sloot (search ), a high-ranking justice official studying to be a judge on the Dutch Caribbean island, had been arrested Thursday as a suspect for collaborating in a crime with his 17-year-old son, according to his lawyer.

"A little bit of the nightmare clouds are now disappearing," Anita van der Sloot told The Associated Press. "The truth will always come forward. From the beginning, I trusted everything would be fine."

The lawyer representing Paul van der Sloot said Sunday that his client has waived his right not to testify against his son. Under Aruban law, parents have the option to refuse to testify against their children. In waiving that right, Paul van der Sloot is essentially agreeing to take the stand.

Earlier Sunday, the judge also ordered police to release Steven Gregory Croes (search), the party boat disc jockey held in Holloway's disappearance, saying authorities did not have enough evidence against him, the man's lawyer said. He will be released around 1 p.m. Monday.

Croes, 26, was one of five people held in the case of the 18-year-old young woman last seen in the early hours of May 30. No one has been charged in the case, including the last person reportedly seen with her, 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot (search).

Searches for Holloway have been fruitless.

Croes, who was detained June 17, will be released Monday, said his lawyer, Eleni Lotter-Homan. He is a disc jockey on the party boat Tattoo, which offers nightly dining, dancing and swimming and docks near the Holiday Inn hotel where Holloway had been staying on Aruba, a Dutch protectorate.

"The judge agreed there is not enough proof he was involved to keep holding him,"

Police superintendent Jan van der Straaten said the court also ordered Paul van der Sloot released.

"At this moment I don't know why," he told The Associated Press.

Paul van der Sloot was taken into custody in order to make his son talk, Aruba's justice minister said Saturday.

"I think they're trying to put some acts of pressure on the son," Justice Minister Rudy Croes, who is unrelated to the detained boat worker, told FOX News' Geraldo Rivera in an exclusive interview.

Croes had said the detention of Paul van der Sloot whose son Joran changed the story he told police about the night of Holloway's disappearance could be key to solving the case.

"Any moment, we can have the solution," Croes said. "I don't think [Joran], if he really participated in the disappearance of this lady, I don't think he can hold out for so long knowing his father is detained."

Croes said Joran and the two other jailed suspects were surveilled electronically after being released following an initial round of questioning. He implied that information picked up by such surveillance led to their second detention.

"That's why, after a certain moment, they were seized," said Croes.

Still jailed are the young van der Sloot and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18. Van der Straaten said the judge on Sunday ordered their detention extended another week.

Under Dutch law, a suspect can be held for up to 116 days without charge if a judge decides police have good reason.

The three young men initially told police that after a night of eating, drinking and dancing, they took Holloway to a northern beach before dropping her off at her hotel around 2 a.m.

On Saturday, Satish Kalpoe's lawyer said his client admitted that his story was a lie.

Satish now claims that he and brother dropped Holloway and Joran van der Sloot off together at a beach near the Marriott hotel, then went home, said the lawyer, David Kock.

On Sunday, Kock said the brothers were becoming increasingly angry with Joran van der Sloot and accusing him of changing his story to put the blame for Holloway's disappearance on them. Kock would not elaborate.

Anita van der Sloot said her son told her that he was alone on a beach with Holloway and left her there unharmed in the early hours of the day she vanished.

Joran van der Sloot's lawyer, Antonio Carlo, said Sunday, "My client maintains his innocence."

In an anecdote that illustrated the insular world of Aruba, Justice Minister Croes said Paul van der Sloot had recently visited him in his office after failing to become a judge, apparently seeking a position in Croes' department. Van der Sloot had also taught the justice minister's daughter.

Aruban authorities have received criticism for their handling of the case. But Jug Twitty, Holloway's stepfather, told FOX News Saturday evening he believed investigators were now making progress.

"I think they are on the right track," he said. "They're putting the heat on [the suspects]."

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« Reply #33 on: Jun 28th, 2005, 05:31am »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba Aruban police Monday released a party boat disc jockey held in the disappearance of Mississippi native Natalee Holloway, a day after a judge said authorities did not have enough evidence against him.

Steven Gregory Croes, 26, did not speak with reporters as he left the courthouse in the capital, Oranjestad, through a back exit. Authorities would not discuss the judge's rulings.
"Prosecutors tell us that progress is being made in the case," government spokesman Ruben Trapenberg said. "We just hope they are on track to solving this mystery."

Croes was one of four people still held in the disappearance of Holloway, an 18-year-old Alabama honors student from Mountain Brook who last was seen May 30. Holloway lives with her mother in Mountain Brook, Ala. Her father, Dave, and stepmother, Robin, live in Meridian, Miss. Holloway also had attended Clinton Junior High School in Clinton, Miss.

On Sunday, police released island judicial official Paul van der Sloot, 52, after a judge said there also was not enough evidence to continue detaining him. His 17-year-old son, Joran, is one of three young men still in custody.

No one has been charged in Holloway's disappearance.

Croes is a disc jockey on the party boat Tattoo, which offers nightly dining, dancing and swimming and docks near the Holiday Inn hotel where Holloway had been staying on Aruba, a Dutch protectorate. He had been detained since June 17.

Paul van der Sloot was detained June 23 for allegedly collaborating in a crime with his son, according to his lawyer, A.J. Swan.

Still jailed are the young van der Sloot and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18. Under Dutch law, a suspect can be held for up to 116 days without charge if a judge decides police have good reason.

Joran van der Sloot's lawyer, Antonio Carlo, said Sunday, "My client maintains his innocence."


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xx Mom says Aruba judicial official hiding something
« Reply #34 on: Jun 29th, 2005, 05:14am »

Mom says Aruba judicial official hiding something

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The mother of an Alabama honors student missing in Aruba for a month said Tuesday she is devastated by the release of a Dutch suspect's father and convinced the high-ranking judicial official is hiding information.

''I know in my heart he has some answers,'' Beth Holloway Twitty told the Associated Press in an interview.

She said her suspicions were based on his behavior when she went to his house looking for those answers last week, and Paul van der Sloot, who's training to be a judge on the Dutch Caribbean island, could not stop perspiring.

''I've never sat across from an individual in a well-ventilated room who was sweating so profusely. His wife had to use napkins to wipe his forehead, and the sweat drops falling on the table'' as they sat under a fan.

But his wife, Anita van der Sloot, insisted on her family's innocence in an interview Tuesday.

She also expressed frustration with police, claiming that they were focusing on the van der Sloots only because they were stymied in their efforts.

''Why is the finger being pointed at Joran? Because he's the son of a judge?'' she asked. ''But there is no proof he did anything. Investigators have lost control [of the case] and don't know what to do anymore.''

Van der Sloot said her family has been devastated since Holloway disappeared May 30.

''Our lives, and the life of a young teenager, have been destroyed,'' she said. ''For us, the most important thing is Natalee and my son.''

On Sunday, police released Paul van der Sloot after a judge ruled there was not sufficient cause to continue holding him. He had been arrested Thursday in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway.

''I was absolutely devastated. I didn't expect that to happen,'' Holloway Twitty said.

The judge on Sunday also ordered police to free a party boat disc jockey held for nearly a week in the case. His connection was unclear, though the boat ''Tattoo'' on which he worked docked near the Holiday Inn where the missing teenager was staying.

Three people remain in jail: 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot and his two Surinamese friends, brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18. None has been charged.

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xx Prosecutor: Dutch teen's father gave legal advice
« Reply #35 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 05:37am »

By Peter Prengaman


ORANJESTAD, Aruba - The father of a Dutch teenager arrested in the disappearance of a young U.S. woman told his son and his two friends that "when there is no body you don't have a case," Aruba's attorney general said yesterday.

Paul van der Sloot, a judge in training in Aruba, gave his 17-year-old son Joran van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers legal advice the day after 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappeared, Attorney General Caren Janssen told MSNBC in an interview.

"They spoke about the situation that when there is no body you don't have a case, and that was already in the first day after the disappearance," Janssen said.

Janssen said that the elder van der Sloot had obstructed the investigation by asking a friend of Joran, who had been interrogated by police, what he had told them. Paul van der Sloot, 52, was arrested June 23 in the disappearance but was released Sunday when a judge ruled there wasn't enough evidence to hold him.

Janssen told MSNBC he was arrested because investigators thought he was also a suspect in the disappearance.

Janssen also said that a month after Holloway's May 30 disappearance, investigators had found nothing concrete to suggest she was dead.

Calls to Janssen seeking further comment late yesterday were not returned.

Joran van der Sloot and his Surinamese friends, brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, were arrested June 9. No one has been charged.

Also yesterday, Steve Croes, a disc jockey who was arrested and held 10 days before being released Monday, told The Associated Press that his detention was based on a lie he told police. Croes, 26, said he told police he had seen Joran van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers drop Holloway off at the Holiday Inn the night she disappeared, as the three originally told police.

"That was a lie," Croes said. "I didn't even know those guys, and they didn't know me."

Croes said that while he was at an Internet cafe a few days after Holloway's disappearance, he heard Deepak Kalpoe talking on a cell phone about how the young men had dropped Holloway off. Croes said the story seemed plausible and he went around repeating it, adding that he had seen them drop her off. Police questioned and then arrested him, Croes said.
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« Reply #36 on: Jul 1st, 2005, 05:27am »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) Aruba's attorney general said Thursday she could prosecute a case in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway even if the Alabama teenager's body is not found.
Caren Janssen also said investigators have found no evidence to suggest that the 18-year-old Holloway, who disappeared May 30, was dead.

"There are no traces or facts to come to the conclusion that Natalee is no longer alive," Attorney General Caren Janssen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

"But that doesn't mean we can't prosecute without a body. It's difficult but not impossible."

Three young men remain in custody in Holloway's disappearance, but none has been charged.

Aruban officials have said previously a murder conviction is possible without a body, but the case requires strong evidence such as a confession, reliable statements and forensic evidence of wrongdoing. Aruba is a Dutch protectorate and as such operates under Dutch law.

Janssen declined to reveal Thursday what other evidence investigators might have.

Massive searches by FBI agents, Dutch Marines, Aruban police and thousands of islanders have produced no trace of Holloway, who was celebrating her graduation from high school in Mountain Brook, Ala., when she disappeared.

Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot, 17, and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, were the last people seen with Holloway the night she vanished. The three were questioned in the days after the disappearance but were not arrested until June 9.

Two other men detained in the case van der Sloot's father, Paul, and party boat disc jockey Steven Croes have been released.

Holloway's stepfather, George "Jug" Twitty, said the family was not surprised by Janssen's comments and was not losing hope the truth would be found.

"We may have no physical evidence, but there is a lot of other evidence of what may have happened in this case," Twitty told the AP.

Janssen, who has been tightlipped during the investigation, said she had decided to speak out because "there has been so much misinformation in the American press."

"I'm the lead prosecutor and I want to show that we are not a bunch of cowboys here," she said.

Janssen declined to be more specific about what she believed had been reported inaccurately.

Paul van der Sloot, an island judicial official, was arrested June 23 but released a few days later when a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to hold him.

Janssen said the elder van der Sloot gave his son and the Kalpoe brothers legal advice, telling them that "without a body there is no case." (Related: Official gave his son legal advice)

"He confirmed to me that he told them that a few days after she disappeared," Janssen told the AP.

Janssen also alleged Paul van der Sloot, a 52-year-old judge in training in Aruba, obstructed authorities' investigation by asking one of his son's friends, who had been interrogated, what he told police.

But Janssen said Paul van der Sloot was detained for being a suspect in the disappearance, not for obstructing the investigation.

Calls to the van der Sloot residence Thursday seeking comment were not answered.

A group of volunteer rescuers from Texas, which began searches Saturday, began a partial pullout from Aruba on Wednesday, with nine of the 27 volunteers returning home. But the group said it planned to bring in replacements for those who had left.

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« Reply #37 on: Jul 1st, 2005, 4:51pm »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba The three young men detained in the Natalee Holloway (search) case have reportedly been charged with murder.

Aruba's chief prosecutor told The Associated Press Friday that the murder charges were filed soon after the suspects were arrested more than three weeks ago. Those charged include Joran van der Sloot (search), 17, and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, Aruban Attorney General Karin Janssen said.

Janssen explained that the charges weren't announced until now to protect the family of the missing honors student from Alabama.

"At the time, we didn't want to upset the (Holloway) family talking about murder while they searched," Janssen said.

Janssen, who has said several times in the past three weeks that no one was charged in the case, said they also kept the information quiet in order not to compromise their investigation. Authorities have said they have no physical evidence suggesting Holloway is dead.

The three suspects were charged when they were arrested 10 days after Holloway disappeared on May 30. They were the last people seen with Natalee.

Also Friday, Aruba's government defended its handling of the investigation, saying many of the criticisms arose from misunderstandings of the Dutch legal system used on the Caribbean (search) island.

Police have been criticized for letting more than a week go by without detaining the three young men last seen with Holloway and for waiting 16 days after she went missing before searching van der Sloot's home.

Ruben Trapenberg, spokesman for Prime Minister Nelson Oduber (search), said the government has put 21 detectives on the case.

Trapenberg also mentioned the 70 Dutch Marines on the island who helped in initial searches and were called back Thursday to comb the island again.

"They do not bungle cases," Trapenberg told The Associated Press. "Aruban police and prosecutors are professional forces that have been successful."

Prosecutors have an 89 percent conviction rate on the Dutch Caribbean island, he said. Violent crime is rare in the tourist haven.

Asked why two of three suspects were transported together, apparently giving them the opportunity to compare or arrange their stories, Trapenberg said that was done to secretly monitor what they might tell each other.

The Kalpoe brothers and van der Sloot were the last ones seen with Holloway the night she disappeared. Police questioned the three that same day but did not detain them until June 9. Two other people, including van der Sloot's father, Paul, an island judicial official, were detained and released.

"One of the techniques is that after hearing separate stories and getting nowhere, prosecutors will have suspects confront each other," said Trapenberg. "The U.S. system might be different, but this technique has worked in the past here."

Trapenberg also said that police initially did not have any cause to hold the young men: "If they had arrested them immediately, they would never have collected evidence."

Natalee's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, has repeatedly criticized investigators, saying that if she did not get answers soon she would believe they were protecting someone probably Joran van der Sloot because of his father's position.

"Prosecutors couldn't even attempt a cover-up because they know better than anyone that this case is under a microscope," Trapenberg said.

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« Reply #38 on: Jul 2nd, 2005, 11:13pm »

Holland will send three F-16 warplanes rigged with search equipment to find Natalee Holloway, Aruban authorities said Saturday, as U.S. lawmakers increased pressure on the Aruban government to do more to find the Alabama teenager nearly five weeks since she disappeared.

The three planes, equipped with infrared and sonar-scanning capacity, were expected to arrive Sunday afternoon, said Aruban government spokesman Ruben Trapenberg.

Trapenberg said the planes were being sent after Aruban Justice Minister Rudy Croes requested more help from Holland, the Dutch Caribbean island's former colonizer.

"Both the justice minister and the prime minister feel that Holland can help us reach a resolution with this," said Trapenberg.

This week both Sen. Richard Shelby (news, bio, voting record), a Republican from Alabama, and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, wrote letters to Aruban Prime Minister Nelson Oduber urging the government to do more and let the FBI play a larger role in the investigation.

"With every passing day, I become increasingly concerned that the current investigation has reached a dead end," Shelby wrote in a letter dated July 1. "It's unfathomable that the Aruban government would not take advantage of the full spectrum of resources, personnel and expertise of the FBI."

Seven FBI agents have had an observatory role on the island since a few days after Holloway disappeared on May 30, but have repeatedly said they don't have jurisdiction to direct the searches or investigation.

Trapenberg, the government spokesman, said calls for an increased FBI presence don't make sense. "It's fine to have the FBI here, but if you send in more agents are you saying the ones here are not any good?" he said.

The U.S. teen's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, said the U.S. pressure showed that family members aren't alone in their frustration with the pace of the investigation.

"It has become increasingly difficult to simply wait and see what happens," Holloway Twitty, a 44-year-old speech pathologist, said in an interview Saturday with The Associated Press.

The mother said the family was "graciously pleading" with the FBI and Holland to do more to find her daughter.

"It would be comforting for us if they were more active in this investigation," said Holloway Twitty. "We must demand and expect that Natalee be returned to her country."

Holloway, 18, from Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared on the last of a five-day graduation trip with 124 classmates.

Island-wide searches which have included Aruban police, the FBI, Dutch Marines, a rescue group from Texas and thousands of volunteers have produced nothing.

Three men have been detained in the disappearance: Dutch teenager Joran van der Sloot, 17, and his friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18.

Trapenberg said Friday that the three young men have not been formally charged but could be as soon as Monday.

The three were the last ones seen with Holloway the night she disappeared. They were arrested June 9 and on Monday were expected to go before a judge who would decide whether to extend their detention an additional 60 days while prosecutors prepare their case.
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xx Brothers Released in Aruba in Natalee Holloway Cas
« Reply #39 on: Jul 4th, 2005, 4:45pm »

Reports from the island of Aruba say a judge on Monday has ordered the release of two Surinamese brothers in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway. Prosecutors asked the judge to order all three held for another two months while police continue their search for Holloway. The judge declined on Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe and ordered then to be released.






They are now free.



That leaves 17-year old Joran van der Sloot as the lone suspect still detained. Broadcast reports and the AP are citing "court officials" that say the 17-year-old son of a justice official on the island -- has been ordered held for 60 more days.



Brothers may leave Aruba?



Fox News is reporting that the mother of the two brothers has said that Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, the young men just released, may flee the island now that they are out of prison and return home.



The three young men were scheduled and appeared today in the Caribbean island's only courthouse where the judge decided to allow the two brothers their freedom, while holding Joran van der Sloot. It's not clear what happened inside the courthouse as it is closed to reporters. Even Natalee Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, and stepfather, George "Jug" Twitty, went to the courthouse Monday but weren't allowed inside the hearings because the hearings were closed.



Trip to Beach on Sunday



Yesterday the three young men were taken to a stretch of beach near the Marriott hotel in Aruba separately between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Aruba time. The goal of the mission was to see if the suspects' stories could be matched in separate visits.



It's not clear if that is the reason the brothers were allowed to go free.



Other broadcast reports say that Joran van der Sloot still has not been charged. According to those on the island, he was seen smiling and joking in the back of the police car as he left the courthouse to head back to prison.



The Holloway family is said to be distraught at the releases and has tentatively scheduled a press conference for 6:00 p.m. EDT.



Natalee Holloway has now been missing for exactly five weeks.

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xx Natalee Holloway's Mother Reacts to Suspects' Rele
« Reply #40 on: Jul 6th, 2005, 07:04am »

When Deepak and Satish Kalpoe arrived home after 26 days in jail, two mothers had almost opposite reactions. Nadira Ramirez, the Kalpoe brothers' mother says, "I can't even explain how happy to see them, to hug them."

Ramirez called her sons innocent. Natalee Holloway's mother called them criminals.

"Help me by not allowing these two to get away with this crime," said Beth Twitty.

Twitty asked Aruban officials to notify the U.S. State Department if the brothers leave the island. "I'm asking this in the name of my beautiful, intelligent and outstanding daughter who I haven't seen for 36 days, and for whom I will continue to search," said Twitty.

About 200 Arubans, angered by Twitty's remarks, protested Tuesday outside a courthouse in the island's capital. Demonstrators wrapped themselves in Aruban flags and sang the national anthem. Some carried signs reading "respect our dutch laws or go home" and "innocent until proven guilty."

The judge ruled there's not enough evidence to keep the Kalpoes. An attorney for one of the brothers says, the longer you keep someone in jail the stronger your evidence should be.

"In my client's case, it was the other way around. The longer they stayed in detention, the more proof came out that they didn't have anything to do with the disappearance itself," stated Rudy Oomen, Deepak Kalpoe's attorney.

That leaves Joran Van Der Sloot as the last suspect still in custody and the question of what happened to Natalee Holloway, unanswered.

A Tennessee team of divers and a dog trained to find bodies is headed to Aruba. Holland also sent three F16's. They'll start searching Wednesday
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xx Kalpoe lawyer blasts Holloway's mom
« Reply #41 on: Jul 7th, 2005, 04:37am »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (CNN) -- A lawyer for one of the brothers released from an Aruban jail in the case of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway threatened legal action Wednesday over comments by the missing student's mother.

Elgin Zeppenfeldt, an attorney for Satish Kalpoe, accused Beth Holloway Twitty of making "prejudicial, inflammatory, libelous and totally outrageous" statements.

"She called our client, Mr. Satish Kalpoe, a 'criminal,' 'involved in a violent crime against my daughter' and who is 'allowed to walk freely among the tourists and citizens,' " Zeppenfeldt said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. (Full story)

Twitty made the remarks at a news conference Tuesday amid increasing frustration that her 18-year-old daughter -- missing five weeks -- has not been found.

Zeppenfeldt said her statement was "uncalled for, especially since my client is maintaining his innocence."

"In the event that these unfounded public condemnations and allegations against Mr. Kalpoe are not immediately ceased, he will consider taking legal steps to ensure that the aforementioned will not be repeated," the lawyer said.

A judge Monday allowed Satish Kalpoe, 18, and his 21-year-old brother, Deepak, to leave jail Monday after nearly a month in custody in connection with Holloway's disappearance.

The judge ordered Joran Van Der Sloot, the 17-year-old son of an Aruban judge, held for another 60 days while police continue their investigation.

Neither they nor Van Der Sloot have been charged with a crime, and their lawyers have said they were not involved in the teen's disappearance.

Holloway, from the affluent Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Mountain Brook, was celebrating her high school graduation with about 100 classmates and several parent chaperones when she disappeared early May 30. She was last seen leaving a nightclub with the Kalpoe brothers and Van Der Sloot.

Late Wednesday, the lawyer for Natalee Holloway's family said the comments reflected "a mother's desperation after weeks of trying to find her daughter. When emotion kicks in, reason kicks out."

Asked whether there would be an apology for Twitty's comments, attorney Vinda de Sousa told CNN: "I plan to speak with the family tomorrow, and that could be one of the options I might suggest."

"The family is obviously very upset by the release of the Kalpoe brothers. It is an emotional reaction fueled by desperation. They have no answers, and they feel answers will come from these three suspects," de Sousa said.

Earlier in the day, Twitty said she knows the Kalpoes "definitely have involvement" in her daughter's disappearance.

"There are some things that I cannot disclose because I wouldn't want to jeopardize the investigation," she told CNN.

Zeppenfeldt said the decision to free his client from jail was made by "an impartial judge, who ruled that the suspicions and legal grounds that led to his detention were no longer present."

"Under Aruban law, as is the case in all other civilized nations, a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law," Zeppenfeldt said.

He acknowledged that Satish Kalpoe is still considered a suspect, despite his release, and said his client intends to continue to cooperate in the probe.

Zeppenfeldt said his client also resents Twitty's insinuation that he might leave the country, and "resents her plea to other nations not to give him a safe haven, as he does not intend to leave the island."

Twitty, the attorney said, has "publicly acted as judge, jury and executioner."

The Kalpoes' mother, Nadira Ramirez, told CNN Tuesday that the family canceled a planned vacation to Suriname so as not to give the impression that they were trying to flee.

On Tuesday, some Arubans showed their anger by protesting criticism of local officials and the way they have conducted the search and investigation. Zeppenfeldt said his client appreciated the support from island residents.

Earlier Wednesday, Aruba's Public Prosecutor's Office issued a statement saying it has appealed a judge's decision to free the Kalpoes. The office did not explain its reasons for the appeal.

Prosecutors said they also have appealed the judge's decision to allow Van Der Sloot's lawyers to sit in on police interrogations.

Vinda Desousa, an attorney for the Van Der Sloot family, said Wednesday the teenager is appealing his continued detention.

A three-judge panel will hear the appeal and could either side with him, confirm the previous judgment or suspend the detention decision with conditions.

No date has been announced for the hearing.

On Wednesday, three Dutch F-16 jets equipped with lasers and special cameras joined the search. Several military personnel accompanied the F-16s, including specialists who will analyze pictures taken from the planes.

The Kalpoe brothers have told police they dropped Holloway and Van Der Sloot off at a beach north of a Marriott hotel after they left the nightclub.

Van Der Sloot's mother has said her son told her he was on the beach with Holloway but left her there because she wanted to stay.
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xx Leader wants Navy unit to help find missing teen
« Reply #42 on: Jul 8th, 2005, 05:26am »

By Jeffrey McMurray


WASHINGTON A Navy dive team that checked waters off Iraq for explosives before the American invasion could be used in the search for a Mississippi native who disappeared more than a month ago in Aruba, the country's prime minister says.

Prime Minister Nelson Oduber made the request in a letter to U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby in response to the Alabama Republican's suggestion that Aruba should give the American FBI more authority in the search for 18-year-old Natalee Holloway.

In his letter, Oduber says he was made aware of the unit known as Naval Special Clearing Team One by a Texas dive team that has been helping look for Holloway.

"Based on this and other information, I would like to request you to use your influence to gain this authorization for the deployment of this unit free of charge to Aruba as soon as possible," Oduber wrote in the letter, dated July 1.

Oduber also said it was his "utmost concern and greatest desire" to find Holloway.

Shelby passed the request on to the Pentagon and State Department, but a Navy spokesman said Thursday there had been no formal diplomatic request made for use of the team.

He also questioned the usefulness of the unit, considering it specializes in covert exercises such as de-mining underwater explosives.

"I can't speak to why the Arubans asked for this team in particular," said Lt. Herb Josey, the Navy spokesman. "I don't know why this team would be better than any other team, but they obviously have experience working underwater."

In an interview from London, Shelby told The Associated Press he hoped Oduber's request was a genuine one to help the investigation and in no way retaliation for his complaints about the thoroughness of the Aruban search.

"This is a serious matter," Shelby said. "We're not going to stop. We want a professional investigation of what's going on down there."

Said Shelby: "We're not going to look around and ignore what looks to be not a thorough, perhaps even a shoddy investigation."

Holloway disappeared May 30 while celebrating her graduation from high school in Mountain Brook, Ala. She had attended junior high in Clinton Miss., and her father and stepmother live in Meridian, Miss.

While three young men have been connected with her disappearance, none has been charged and only one is being held.

In Shelby's original letter last week asking for more FBI involvement, he called the Aruban investigation a "dead end."

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xx Natalee's Mom Sorry for Aruba Comments
« Reply #43 on: Jul 9th, 2005, 06:25am »

ORANJESTAD, Aruba The mother of a missing Alabama teenager apologized Friday for any offense her remarks about the justice system here may have caused to Arubans.

Beth Holloway Twitty (search) said she had been extremely distraught with the scarcity of clues to her daughter's fate when she contended Tuesday that two brothers who have been tied to the case were guilty and should not have been freed from jail.

Her remarks were widely criticized as an unfair attack on the Dutch judicial system that governs this Caribbean protectorate of the Netherlands.

"I would like to apologize to the Aruban people and to the Aruban authorities if I or my family have offended you in anyway," Holloway Twitty told a news conference at her Aruban attorney's office.

"It was never my intention to do so," she said, adding that the Aruban people have been "extremely kind and generous."

She said she realizes the legal system here "abides by the presumption of innocence, and I want to assure everyone that I do respect the Aruban legal system."

Holloway Twitty seemed much more composed than she did Tuesday when she was fighting back tears as she accused the brothers of complicity in her 18-year-old daughter's disappearance and urged other countries not to give them refuge.

The brothers are from the South American country of Suriname (search).

Natalee Holloway (search), of Mountain Brook, Alabama, vanished in the early hours of May 30, hours before she was to catch a flight home after a five-day vacation celebrating her high school graduation with 124 classmates.

Numerous searches by Dutch marines, Aruban investigators and volunteer rescue groups have failed to turn up any trace of Holloway.

Holloway Twitty's attorney, Benvinda de Sousa, said the apology was not inspired by threats from the attorneys of the two brothers to sue if she kept insisting their clients were guilty.

De Sousa said the mother will wait on the island in hopes that answer to her daughter's fate will be found.

Tim Miller, director of Texas EquuSearch (search), a Dickenson, Texas-based volunteer group that has been here for more than two weeks doing ocean and land searches, said forensic diving specialists and two Navy SEAL divers who were volunteering vacation time were to arrive later Friday, bringing specialized search equipment.

But Miller said EquuSearch was planning to leave on Tuesday if nothing new was found. He acknowledged prospects for success were slim and said he was convinced the girl was not on the island.

"We are not any closer than we were 16 days ago when we got here," Miller said.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel will hear appeals of the conditional release of the two brothers, Deepak Kalpoe (search), 21, and Satish Kalpoe (search), 18.

It will also hear an appeal of a judge's order to hold Joran van der Sloot (search), the 17-year-old son of a judge-in-training for another 60 days. The hearings will not be public.

De Sousa said the judges could rule that day or the next.

None of the three men has been charged and all proclaim their innocence.

The three have acknowledged that they were with Holloway the night she disappeared. The two brothers have said they dropped van der Sloot and Holloway off together at a beach near the Marriott hotel, then went home.

Van der Sloot's mother, Anita, said her son told her he was alone with Holloway on a beach but he did not harm her.

Under Dutch law, detainees can be held 116 days before being charged by a judge.
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xx Texas volunteer group may give up Aruba search
« Reply #44 on: Jul 11th, 2005, 8:27pm »



ORANJESTAD, Aruba Almost three weeks after joining the search for missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, a Texas volunteer group may leave Aruba this week because of a lack of leads, the team's search director said today.

Six divers and nine land searchers have scoured Aruba's entire northern coast and parts of the southern and western shores but have found no trace of the 18-year-old honors student, said Joe Houston, of the Dickinson, Texas-based volunteer group Texas EquuSearch.

"We have searched a significant part of the areas we picked out. The areas that are left are not a high priority," Houston said, describing the unsearched areas as remote places where it would be hard to hide a body.

He said the team's nearly three-week search has turned up a sandal, miscellaneous clothing and some jewelry, but nothing "pertinent to this case."

The team will decide on Tuesday whether to give up the search, Houston said, adding that three divers from Florida State University's underwater crime scene investigation department are planning to leave on Wednesday.

"We've pushed our departure back twice since we began the search. If we find any new leads worth pursuing, we'll postpone it again," Houston said.

Holloway vanished in the early hours of May 30, just before she was to catch a flight home after a five-day vacation celebrating her high school graduation with 124 classmates.

Joran van der Sloot, a 17-year-old who was with Holloway the last night she was seen in public, has been detained in connection with her disappearance.

Two of van der Sloot's friends, Surinamese nationals Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, were also arrested but ordered released on July 4.

On Tuesday, three appellate judges will hear arguments by a government prosecutor seeking to overturn the Kalpoe brothers' release, government spokesman Ruben Trapenberg said.

Trapenberg said prosecutors "will present new evidence" in the case but declined to give details.

"From our point of view, tomorrow is not a big day. It is one more step in the usual process of handling justice on the island," he said.

The judges will also hear arguments by van der Sloot's lawyer that there is insufficient evidence to continue holding him, Trapenberg said.

Meanwhile, 21 police detectives have been assigned to the case, compared to an average of three or four for most other investigations in the Dutch Caribbean territory, Trapenberg said.
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