February 23, 2010

Aruba prosecutor: TV confession in Holloway case 'not true'

Posted: 01:20 PM ET

A Dutch man once considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway has told a television station he dumped her body in a swamp, Aruba's chief prosecutor told CNN.

However, Joran van der Sloot's claims to Dutch station RTL-5 are "unbelievable," prosecutor Peter Blanken said.

RTL-5 said Tuesday it had "acquired exclusive material containing a statement by Joran van der Sloot" regarding Holloway's disappearance.

"This material was first offered to us in 2009," Remko van Westerloo, the station's director of programming, said in a statement.

"Obviously, our initial response was skeptical," van Westerloo said. "However, we did feel that this interview required thorough research. We've spoken to a variety of experts and several critics. These findings resulted in a TV special which will air this Sunday. It's up to the viewers to form their own opinions on the matter."

The statement did not divulge the contents of van der Sloot's interview. However, Blanken told CNN on Tuesday that van der Sloot says in the interview that he dumped Holloway's body "in a swamp on the north end of the island."

"He was very unspecific," Blanken said.

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James31   February 23rd, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Often times the guilty can't keep their mouths shut over time and eventually the truth comes out. It's sad that Natalie's family has to endure this but eventually he will convict himself.

Vallary   February 24th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

PLEASE every time this guy breaths he is in the news. Stop giving him air time. He did this I don't know why they can't find out the truth about him

richard hyslop   February 25th, 2010 4:56 am ET

I seen the interview with Mr. Toyoda, the CEO of toyota, and do sympathize with him and the toyota owners. After seeing the televised testimony of the toyota owner, who narrowly escaped tragedy, and Mr. Toyoda's testimony I've come to a simple conclusion. Both, the company and the drivers are responcible for the failures. Many cars, both U.S. made and foreign made, since the advent of cruise control and ABS brakes there have been many accidents due to drivers not really knowing how to safely drive their car, oblivious complacency of the environment around them, and automakers who haven't taken into concideration the number of ill equiped(un-educate and un-trained) drivers on the road.
ABS should stand for Automatic Braking for Stupid people who can only stomp on their brakes. The excelerating cruise control is the automakers fault, but it's the drivers fault for not having the common sence to take their auto's transmision out of gear in order to slow it down. We can't expect our cars to everything for us. We're are supposed to be driving the cars, not the cars driving us.
Conumer should be before profit, and safety should be before destination. Everyone should take responcibility for their own actions and stop blaming someone else.

Richard Hyslop Jr.

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