CRIME

Joran Van Der Sloot To Face Extradition Hearing In Natalee Holloway Extortion Case

04/26/2012 08:34 am ET

Joran van der Sloot has been ordered to face an extradition hearing that could send him to the U.S. on charges of extorting money from the family of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

In papers filed Wednesday, a Peruvian judge scheduled the extradition hearing for May 8. The court proceeding will be held in Lima's Superior Court.

Peruvian extradition hearings usually last a day or two, and a council typically gives the decision as soon as they hear all the evidence.

Van der Sloot has been indicted in the U.S. on charges that he extorted $25,000 from the mother of Natalee Holloway. The 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala., vanished while on a class trip to Aruba. She was last seen leaving an Oranjestad nightclub with van der Sloot, then a 17-year-old Dutch honors student living in Aruba. Holloway's body has never been found, and van der Sloot has not been charged in her disappearance.

Prosecutors said that in exchange for the money he received from Holloway’s mother, van der Sloot promised to reveal how Holloway died and the location of her body.

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Natalee Holloway

Van der Sloot, 24, is serving a 28 year prison sentence at Piedras Gordas prison in Ancon for the June 2010 murder of Peruvian business student Stephany Flores. The Peruvian business student was found stabbed to death in van der Sloot's Lima hotel room on June 2, 2010. Police in Peru say Flores, 21, was killed on May 30, the five-year anniversary of the disappearance of Holloway.

The process to extradite Joran van der Sloot from Peru to the United States began on Monday, when a Peruvian judge approved a U.S. request for a provisional detention.

Van der Sloot would probably face a five- to 10-year sentence for the alleged extortion. His attorney, Maximo Altez, has yet to comment on the latest developments.

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