June 4th, 2010
09:53 AM ET

Peru murder suspect to be expelled from Chile, Interpol says

Joran van der Sloot is being investigated in connection with the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, right, and was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

[Updated at 9:23 a.m.] Joran van der Sloot, the suspect in the slaying of a 21-year-old Peruvian woman this week, left Santiago, Chile, aboard a military aircraft in the custody of officers Friday morning. He will be flown to the border with Peru and expelled, Interpol said.

[Posted at 7:51 a.m.] The Chilean government has decided to expel murder suspect Joran van der Sloot to Peru, where he is wanted in connection with the slaying of a 21-year-old woman, Interpol said Friday.

Van der Sloot is expected to be transported aboard a military airplane from Santiago, Chile's capital, to the border city of Arica, said Macarena Lopez, a spokeswoman for Interpol.

The Dutch citizen was previously a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, who was on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in connection with the case but released both times. He denied any involvement and has not been charged.

Van der Sloot was captured Thursday in Chile, authorities said. He is the main suspect in this week's slaying of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, who was found Wednesday in a Lima, Peru, hotel room registered to van der Sloot. Chilean police told CNN that paperwork showed that van der Sloot entered Chile on Wednesday.

Van der Sloot also faces an arrest warrant on charges of extortion and wire fraud in Alabama, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said Thursday. The charges are unrelated to the killing of the Peruvian woman and deal with an attempt to sell details about Holloway for $250,000, Vance said.

Van der Sloot, 23, was traveling alone in a taxi near the Chilean central coastal city of Vina del Mar when he was detained, said Douglas Rodriguez, spokesman for the Chilean Investigative Police.

Van der Sloot was transported Thursday afternoon to police headquarters in Santiago, Chile's capital.

TV images showed him emerging from a black police SUV at the police station. His hair, which had been dark in previous images, was red and worn in a close-cropped crew cut.

In Peru, Flores was buried in Lima, the country's capital.

An uncle of Natalee Holloway said van der Sloot should not have been free to allegedly kill again.

"We are disappointed that Joran has been able to do this to another young girl," Paul Reynolds told CNN. "He was not held accountable for what happened to Natalee and as a result has been able to repeat his actions. Sorry this other family has to go through the same thing we have."

There is "incriminating evidence" linking van der Sloot to the killing of Flores, said Peruvian criminal investigator Cesar Guardia Vasquez.

The woman's bludgeoned body was found in Room 309 of the Hotel Tac in the Miraflores section of Lima, police said. She suffered blunt trauma to the head, breaking her neck, and to her torso and back, Peruvian police said Thursday.

Van der Sloot had been staying at the hotel since arriving from Colombia on May 14, police said. Room 309 was booked in his name, authorities said.

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  1. NAVAIRVET

    Hopefully,this POS will get what's coming to him in the form of "Bubba"!!!

    June 9, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
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