The extradition of Joran van der Sloot, the convicted killer who confessed to the 2005 murder of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, has been delayed due to mechanical issues with the aircraft. The US Marshals Service, in coordination with Peruvian officials, will reschedule the extradition.
Van der Sloot had been temporarily extradited to the United States to face charges related to Holloway’s disappearance. Currently serving a 28-year prison sentence in Lima, Peru for killing Stephany Flores in 2010, van der Sloot recently admitted to killing Holloway and disposing of her remains. Holloway’s disappearance gained international attention for 18 years. Van der Sloot’s confession came alongside his guilty plea for attempting to extort money from Holloway’s mother in exchange for information about the missing woman’s body. In the United States, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for extortion and wire fraud, with his sentence running concurrently to his Peru sentence.
As the statute of limitations has expired on the murder in Aruba, he cannot be prosecuted in the US. According to a transcript of his confession, van der Sloot told authorities that he bludgeoned Holloway after she rejected his advances and then pushed her body out to sea. Beth Holloway, Natalee’s mother, stated that she considers the case solved after 18 years, asserting that van der Sloot is the killer.