Peru to extradite suspect in Alabama teen murder case within days
A convicted killer imprisoned in Peru will be extradited within days to the U.S., where he faces extortion and fraud charges related to the disappearance
and murder of an Alabama teenager nearly two decades ago, Interpol's local head said on Monday.
The extradition is the latest twist in the mystery surrounding the fate of Natalee Holloway, an 18-year-old from suburban Birmingham who vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba in May 2005.
The disappearance prompted an exhaustive investigation and intense media attention.
"It will be by air and it will possibly take place on Thursday," Carlos Lopez, head of the Interpol Lima office, told Reuters in an interview, referring to the extradition of Joran Van der Sloot, who is currently in a maximum security prison in Lima.
A decade ago Van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, was sentenced to 28 years in prison in Peru after he confessed to strangling, beating and suffocating a 21-year-old Peruvian business student.