Finally an Arrest in the Natalee Hollaway Case!

I got the breaking news alert yesterday and wanted to put something up on it last night but as I ended up working 16 hours yesterday I was pretty tired and ended up going straight to bed last night.


Police in Aruba re-arrested Deepak and Satish Kalpoe at the same time that Joran Van Der Sloot was picked up in Holland at the request of the Aruban government yesterday. All three of them had initially been arrested in 2005 but at the time prosecutors felt that there was insufficient evidence and all three were set free. They have been charged with the involvement in the voluntary manslaughter of Natalee Holloway or causing serious bodily harm to Natalee Holloway, resulting in her death according to the statement.

There is currently no information about what new information there is that has led to the arrests.

The Associated Press released this video yesterday which recaps the arrest as well as the original story:


I posted quite a few times on the case back in 2005 and the level of frustration felt by her family and the public at large was palpable.

If you’ll remember, Scared Monkeys reported quite a bit on the case and they are still posting. From comments one of their readers in Diario left:

This afternoon both the Kalpoe brothers and Joran van der Sloot were rearrested and are now in Custody. The Kalpoe brother were arrested in Aruba and Joran in Arnhem, Holland. New evidence has surfaced that warranted this measure. In an official press release, the Prosecution gave all the details to the media, except what the new evidence is. The Kalpoe brothers were arrested for two days, after which they will be brought before a judge for the prolongation of their arrest. Joran was arrested for 8 days and will be sent to Aruba as soon as possible. He too will be brought before the Judge at the conclusion of the 8 days for a prolongation of his detention. The suspects are now charged with involvement in the voluntary manslaughter on Natalee Holloway or causing serious bodily harm to Natalee Holloway, resulting in her death.

It should prove interesting the see what happens next. Aruban law is a direct descendent of Napoleonic law unlike the law here in the U.S. and there will be no jury trial. If the judge feels that enough evidence has been presented that shows them guilty that’s all she wrote.

Obviously it’s Thanksgiving and I will be working long hours this week but I will be posting more in this as time permits.

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