June 16th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Van der Sloot update: Arubans to question him in August

CNN has just learned that Aruban investigators will likely not travel to Peru to question murder suspect Joran van der Sloot until at least the end of August, prosecutor Peter Blanken said.

Investigators from Aruba will not be able to question van der Sloot until Peruvian authorities finish their probe of the May 30 slaying of Stephany Flores, Blanken said. The formalities of Peruvian law also will determine the time frame, the prosecutor said.

Aruban and Peruvian authorities agreed to "help each other" in the Flores case. Investigators hope the cooperation will lead to new information about the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in 2005 in Aruba for which Van der Sloot is suspected.

Following a phone meeting with Peruvian Judge Carlos Morales on Tuesday morning, Aruban government spokesman Taco Stein said Peruvian authorities have agreed to allow Aruban investigators into Peru to interview van der Sloot once a formal request has been made.

Van der Sloot is believed to be housed in Peru's Castro Castro prison which is infamous for its violence. One expert described the lock-up as "entering the gates of hell."

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  1. CarolinaGal

    Aruban'OFFICIALS' going to Peru to question VanderSloot.. lol They already saw and heard 2 other confessions and they did nothing. Who you think you're fooling? Not me.

    June 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JoAnn

    Hopefully officials will find something incriminating on Van Der Sloot's laptop to finally nail him for Natalee's death. I know her family wants closure, but we may never get the truth out of him about what happened to her much less the location of her remains. God and the world knows he is guilty of Natalee's death... maybe losing his life in a Peruvian prison is his punishment. His Mother Anita and his brothers have to know the truth about what happened to Natalee – shame on them for protecting this monster and letting another innocent young woman die a horrible death at Joran's hands!

    June 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • macguysea

      Completely agree with you JoAnn!

      June 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. supersweetipie

    Regardless of your feelings toward Joran, a civil society still needs laws. Innocent till proven guilty. Would you prefer the media deceide verdict instead of a jury? That sounds fine and dandy, but leads to alot of innocent people spending the rest of their lives in jail. Besides that, we do not know all the facts. How can you deceide upon a fair punishment based on heresay?

    June 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FrankM

    Innocent until proven guilty? The guy confessed already. What more do you want? He is already tied to the disappearance and presumed death of Hollaway and now the confessed killing in Peru. Does he need to kill off a member of your family as well before you figure it out?

    June 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marianne de Groot

    What i do not understand is the media attention that Joran gets. As i wacth CNN on the internet, every day children are missing even at from there own bedrooms in America. Murderers are fount in ech country.

    June 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aime Watts, Jr.

    You know, painful as it might be, the Holloway family needs to stop feeding this monster's ego. He will never confess to a murder (or even an accidental death now) that he has gotten away with. All he'd do is put his head in a noose. He will, on the other hand, prey on the Holloway's for as long as he can get something out of his empty promises.
    Having been to Aruba it occurs to me that he would have disposed of her body in the ocean, where it will never be found. With the strong winds and tides on the seaward side of that island, why would anybody take the effort to dig a grave that could be found when the ocean is so available and permanent? She will never be found; but he will always prey on her mother and father. He sells them empty hope at every availability; and now he got them to finance his little road-trip that ended with another girl's death. (There may be two others in Columbia that disappeared while he was there, too.)
    Natalie is gone... Everybody should stop feeding the monster and let him fade into the oblivion he earned. All he has to live for now is the notoriety that people, the Holloways, and the media continue to give him. What will he do when that goes away?

    June 16, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Love NC

    I am wondering what Language Van der Sloot uses on his laptop? Was it Dutch, English, Spanish, etc. and could Stephany really read/interpret it. I think the laptop story is phoney, too.

    June 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CynleeD

    Hasn't anybody in law enforcement ever heard the term "time is of the essence"? First Aruba drags their feet on the Holloway case. Crime unsolved. Then the FBI drags their feet on the the extortion case. Crime unsolved. Now the system is going to delay it's opportunity to possibly solve an unsolved murder by delaying until August. I am sorry that is not cooperation, that is stupidity. It is quite possible two months from now, Vandersloot will see no value in cooperating with the authorities. One again, there will be no closure in Holloway case. I guess the authorities did not have time to fit it into there programs or schedules. Vandersloot isn't the only one that is sick. Which is worse a mentally ill psychopath or a system which focuses on punishing the illness rather than finding resolve for his victims!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gerry

    Waiting to have the Arubans interrogate him until August is actually a good idea. He will have a taste of Peruvian prisons and maybe he will tell the truth this time. If the Arubans are really willing to listen that is. After all they have done to help this guy out..

    June 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    It doesn't matter what happened to Natalee. He was caught in Peru, he should do his time in Peru if he's found guilty. If he has a conscience, and decides to be truthful about Natalee's current place of residence, then let him after he's released from Peru.

    June 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • CynleeD

      Are you aware of the terminology multi-task? It's a requirement in the 21st century!!! Carpe diem...the future is unknowable.

      June 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GS

    He's going to wish he confessed when he had the chance in Aruba and was serving time in a Dutch lockup rather than a Peruvian one

    June 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patti

    I think it's terrific that the Arubans won't travel to Peru until August. What's the rush. Let him rot in that prison.

    June 18, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. What's the point?

    Aruban authorities have questioned him before, then released him, saying he didn't confess to Holloway's murder. Unless he CONFESSES, they will do nothing more.

    June 21, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. kevin John Gil

    CNN, PLEASE STOP giving this MURDERER the media attention he craves. JUST STOP! BURY THIS STORY!

    June 21, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. Yugo

    Jah, no problem mon.

    June 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
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