Boycott Watch  
June 7, 2010
Aruba's Continued Incompetence
Summary: Five years after the disappearance and murder of Natalee Holloway Aruba is still not safe.
    In our previous report, we wrote that Aruba is culpable in the murder of Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez in Peru. We stand by that statement because Aruba both failed to properly prosecute the case and because their corruption obstructed what justice was possible. Now, new information has surfaced placing more blame directly on Aruba.

   In a Press Release (See below), the FBI stated they were part of the operation which has resulted in extortion and wire fraud charges against Joran Van Der Sloot. We have since learned that Van Der Sloot was in Aruba with FBI agents and Aruban police officials at the time. Aruba had the ability to press charges against Van Der Sloot yet instead allowed him travel abroad, possibly to never be apprehended again.
   Aruba let a known criminal leave their jurisdiction. Aruba did not have to allow Van Der Sloot leave Aruba, and he used the extortion money, meaning they allowed the cash evidence to leave the country as well, with the possibility of never being able to arrest him ever again.

   In response, Fred Taub, President of Boycott Watch said "The continued incompetence of the Aruban police is legendary. They left a ladder in a jail for a double murderer to escape, they bungled the Natalle Holloway Case, allow rampant drug use, underage drinking and even adults to go fishing for 13 year old girls who are tourists with their parents to be targeted for statutory rape while in hotel lobbies. The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning to Aruba after I was on Your World with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel for a reason. Considering how Aruba let a known criminal travel abroad, Aruba does not look safer today than the day Natelee Holloway disappeared."

For Immediate Release
June 3, 2010
United States Attorney's Office
Northern District of Alabama
Contact: (205) 244-2001

Joran van der Sloot Charged with Fraud and Extortion in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM-Federal prosecutors in Birmingham have filed a criminal complaint against JORAN VAN DER SLOOT, a citizen of the Netherlands, on wire fraud and extortion charges in connection with his soliciting money in May on promises he would reveal the location of Natalee Holloway's remains in Aruba and circumstances of her death, U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley announced today.

"We are committed to protecting citizens from unscrupulous individuals who attempt to financially exploit a person's deepest fears and greatest loss," Vance said.

The wire fraud and extortion charges are unrelated to the ongoing murder investigation in Peru, in which van der Sloot is an alleged person of interest.

Vance said her office filed the two-count criminal complaint today in U.S. District Court in Birmingham.

The complaint charges that van der Sloot, on May 10, extorted $15,000 from an individual as partial payment toward his promise to reveal the location of Natalee Holloway's remains for $250,000. The maximum sentence on the extortion count is 20 years in prison.

The complaint also charges van der Sloot with wire fraud for causing the $15,000 to be transferred by wire from a Birmingham bank to a bank in the Netherlands in furtherance of his scheme to defraud. The maximum sentence for the wire fraud count is 30 years.

Vance thanked Aruban authorities for the assistance they provided in this investigation.

Members of the public are reminded that the criminal complaint contains only charges. A defendant is presumed not guilty.

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