Apr 26, 2012 12:58 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Extradition hearing set for Van der Sloot in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) - A Peruvian judge has set a May 8 hearing to consider a U.S. request to extradite convicted killer Joran van der Sloot so he can be tried for extortion in connection with the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalie Holloway.

Lima's Superior Court said in a communique Wednesday that after the hearing the case will go to Peru's Supreme Court, then to the council of ministers.

The council will ultimately decide whether to extradite the Dutchman, who was sentenced in January to 28 years in prison for killing a Lima business student.

U.S. prosecutors say Van der Sloot extorted $25,000 from Holloway's family, promising then failing to lead it to her body.

He remains the chief suspect in Holloway's disappearance on the Caribbean island of Aruba.




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