Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, two of the suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway are to be appearing in court today for a hearing to decide if prosecutors were right in having them arrested two days ago. As I posted yesterday, and has been all over the Internet for the last two days, Joran van der Sloot was also arrested and will be extradited from the Netherlands to Aruba shortly.
According to the prosecutors, the new arrests came about because new material in the investigation has surfaced and although they have not stated what the new evidence is Aruba’s chief prosecutor Hans Mos stated that the new evidence is ‘so important that we think we should have arrested these three guys‘.
During the preliminary hearing the judge can authorize their detention for eight more days, giving police that much time to produce the evidence, at which point they go before a judge again.
Dave Holloway, the father, believes that areas of deep water near Aruba were not searched extensively enough and is relaunching a search for evidence of her remains in the area. Based on talks with a police official and a private forensic expert, he believes that Natalee was thrown into deeper waters than the depths of 300+ feet that have already been searched.
A private boat owner is providing divers, sonar equipment and the ability to map the ocean floor to the search.
As far as the arrests, Dave Holloway stated that ‘I hope I’m not going to be disappointed, we’ve seen these arrests and re-arrests in the past’. All three of the young men were first detained in 2005 and released for lack of evidence.