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Holloway suspect's father awarded damages in Aruba

Friday, August 4, 2006

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (UPI): A court in Aruba has awarded damages to the father of a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway.

Paul van der Sloot of the Netherlands was detained for four days last year. A court agreed with his claim for false arrest, and ruled that he should receive 50,000 Aruba guilders ($27,900), Expatica reported.

Van der Sloot's son, Joran, is a suspect in the disappearance and presumed killing of Holloway, who was in Aruba in May 2005 with high school classmates on a graduation trip. Joran van der Sloot and two brothers, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, were arrested twice and released both times.

Paul van der Sloot, who was in Aruba as a judge in training, was suspected of conspiring with his son.

Holloway's body has not been found. Joran van der Sloot, the last person to have admitted seeing her, says she was alive and well when he left her on a beach.

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