Joran Van der Sloot and two other previously detained suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway have been arrested. Van der Sloot was picked up in the Netherlands where he is attending university and brothers Satish and Deepak Kalpoe in Aruba.
They have been charged with suspicion of involvement in manslaughter and causing serious bodily harm that caused the death of an 18 year old American. Van der Sloot is expected to be extradited back to Aruba where the crime took place.
Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005 while on a senior class trip to the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba . She was last seen leaving a bar with the three men.
UPDATE – November 23, 2007
Prosecuters said that the three were rearrested because of significant new information in the case. Aruban officials had asked Dutch police to undertake a separate investigation which apparently uncovered new evidence. The families of all three men have been questioned again recently.
The investigation has remained open for 2-1/2 years though the lack of new information caused the case to have very little activity in 2006.
Van der Sloot was said to be bitterly surprised by the latest turn of events. On Thursday, a district judge in the Netherlands ordered the 20 year old university student to be extradited to Aruba for questioning. This is to take place as soon as possible.
The Aruban criminal justice system follows Dutch law. If a judge determines that the trio must stand trial, there will be no jury. All decisions of guilt or innocence are solely at the discretion of the presiding judge.