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