Paul Van Der Sloot Questioned By Judge & Days Updates


According to CNN, Aruban judge questioned in missing teen case

Police questioned Saturday an Aruba judge, whose son is a suspect in the disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, a law enforcement source close to the investigation said.

Paul Van Der Sloot is the father of 17-year-old Joran Van Der Sloot, one of the last people to see Holloway alive early May 30.

On Friday Judge Bob Wit ruled that the elder Van Der Sloot could not visit his son in jail, but that the boy’s mother may.

From Fox News: Three suspects are going to prison. So far one of the suspects, Deepak Kalpoe, has been sent to the prison on Aruba. The other two will probably be sent their over the weekend.

One of the three suspects being held in Aruba for the disappearance of an Alabama teen vacationing there has been moved from a jail to a prison, while the other two are expected to be transported today, two sources confirmed with FOX News.

A judge ruled last night that Deepak Kalpoe, who was moved to a prison last night, Satish Kalpoe and Joran van der Sloot can be held for eight more days while the investigation into Natalee Holloway’s disappearance continues.

MSNBC, Aruba judge extends detention of three men

A judge on Saturday ordered the teenage son of a prominent justice official and two of his friends to stay in jail for at least another week while investigators search for clues in the disappearance of a young Alabama woman.

A disc jockey on an Aruban tourist party boat who also has been detained in the case was to appear before a judge Monday, the attorney general’s spokeswoman Mariaine Croes said as the search for 18-year-old Natalee Holloway neared the end of three weeks.

Video from MSNBC

Posted June 19, 2005 by
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    35 Responses to “Paul Van Der Sloot Questioned By Judge & Days Updates”

    1. sandy m on June 19th, 2005 4:33 am

      fox news just said the guy found mutilated in aruba worked at one of the hotels. i am not a detective, but sure sounds to me it is all connected. maybe the gov. of aruba is hush hush because this is some kind of drug deal or something major as if you think about it why would these kids be keeping quiet so long unless they are afraid for their life or maybe natalee’s. one said something bad happened to natalee but not one of them has said she isn’t alive. maybe whatever they were involved in or happened up on was not planned on their part and something bad did happen and if they talk and it gets out, other lives will be affected in a bad way. why would the fbi be in aruba so quickly if it weren’t something bigger than just a missing person. think about everybody–natalee could still be alive, but going through hell on earth if something like this is the case, but it is awful strange that aruba has no crime and now something is going on quite frequently. maybe a security guard did get natalee but they arrested the wrong two. maybe that security guard is the one they found mutilated. can someone find out what hotel he was working at and anything about him?

    2. Steve on June 19th, 2005 5:28 am

      Well well……..I see they have changed the poster from missing to kidnaped finally. One source has been saying all along that she is in the hands of 2 woman and 1 man trying to flee Aruba but can not because of the ongoing investagation. Lets all hope this is the situation

    3. Praying on June 19th, 2005 5:59 am

      Sandy -

      Did not hear the story about the guy found mutilated? A search doesn’t bring up that info anywhere – when, where, what, etc. happened?


    4. mojo on June 19th, 2005 6:37 am

      and all the slagging off of the police for not giving the media information can now stop i hope. sandy over on the forum they are talking about one guy missing but truck found and the other guy apparently “almost” decapitated. there has been some speculation that he was given a columbian necktie (throat slit and tongue pulled through the opening). i agree, sandy, this investigation seems to be taking on much larger ramifications.

      for the love of god, let’s hope natalee makes it out of this alive.

    5. LowLands on June 19th, 2005 7:02 am

      Can anyone help me with the link where Natahsja’s 15th birthday is being celebrated?

    6. bob on June 19th, 2005 7:26 am

      If Aruba can’t handle their affairs any better than this maybe the U.S. needs a new territory

    7. marie from maine on June 19th, 2005 7:54 am

      what the heck? what is this about a mutilated body? Oh MY GOSH!
      i missed something bigtime – when i went to bed last night…please fill me in somebody!

    8. marie from maine on June 19th, 2005 8:04 am

      i think that someone is just being a jerk about the mutilated person-
      give everyone a break I come here to check to see if they have found that poor girl- every day i just know that she is alive-
      no news talks of a murder- oh boy i really hope not at least!

    9. Subdude on June 19th, 2005 8:04 am

      Does anyone know when he poster was changed from “Missing” to “Kidnapped”? Pretty good indication of evolving theory of what police think happened based on witnesses’ stories. Thanks, Steve, for pointing that out.

      Also, where are you getting information about the source that has been saying for some time that she is in the custody of 2 women and a man trying to get her out of the county.

      Finally, anyone heard from infoblogger from a couple of nights ago. He seemed to have the inside track on good info through his relative, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer.

      Kidnapped is consistent with what appears to be a lack of physical evidence of foul play and lack of any leads on current whereabouts.

      My guess, and this is just a guess — She and Joran went to a “friend” of Joran’s house, to party. This “friend” may have been Joran and the Kalpoe brothers drug dealer connection (NOT saying that Natalee had any idea this was the case). Something “bad happened” there, and the dealer decided to keep Natalee, perhaps as payment of drug-related debt. Now the dealer doesn’t know what to do with her because she is recognizable internationally.

      I am optimistic that she is still alive. A distasteful suggestion — offer amnesty to anyone turning her over alive — no questions, no prosecution.


    10. marie from maine on June 19th, 2005 8:12 am

      Oh my gosh- This poor island and the poor family, at least (lets pray) that this is hope in finding her alive- unless of course this isnt true about the body found- im just sick over htis… i think that you are pretty right on sub dude” i have been thinking about that type of scenario for a while. I do indeed think that the dutch boy is a slime but i dont think he is stupid i think this spun out of his control as well… good GOD i hope the family knows SOON
      The island can kick out all of the scum and get back to repairing its scars and natalee can go home!

    11. tideroller on June 19th, 2005 9:06 am

      Cui bono? is a Latin legal terminology meaning , “To whose benefit?” The first things that should be analyzed is to whom would a crime benefit and you go from there. From the very beginning that I heard that JVDS was known to have access to drugs and that his father was a justice official, I smelled a rat. While it could be just that the probable rape went bad, it is looking more and more like this could escalate. If Natalee were given a rape drug, then the police have to look for where JVDS got his supply. That could blow the lid on the drug trafficking down there, etc. Are there any ideas out there?

    12. marie from maine on June 19th, 2005 9:16 am

      i am all out of ideas- i really think this is a combination of crimes, a domino effect so to speak, by lookin g for Nat they have exposed some bad things and MANY people are panicking becasue there has been smooth undetected crime there for so long, now the cash cow is threatened becasue of all of this- you would think that if she is still alive – she would just “apprear” do that these drud dealers could get on with their life… none of this makes sense…
      did they REALLY find a body of a hotel worker?

    13. In His Hands on June 19th, 2005 9:58 am

      There’s no need to worry about anything with God incontroll of everything. He has His perfect timing in everything, He will move for Natalie & her family,etc… when His timing is right. God is with Natalie no matter what the situation really is. God knows what He is doing,even when we don’t understand why He hasn’t done anything yet,etc…

      He has a perfect reason for everything, He does things His way. I promise you God is in control & He is working in this when we can’t see it! He is already working in the hearts and lives of her family from this,drawing them closer to Him,teaching them to trust Him,etc…

      If Natalie is alive, I’m sure He is definitely working in her from all of this. She is in ” The Greatest Hands” to be in!! If she’s not alive, then don’t hurt for her because she is at a far GREATER place with The Lord than we can possibly imagine!!! She is at home with God!

      You will see all God has been doing in this case as He reveals Himself in it soon!!

    14. Atheist on June 19th, 2005 10:13 am

      That’s great, In His Hands. We all feel much better now.

    15. marie from maine on June 19th, 2005 10:40 am

      Oh give me a break in good hands- this type of thing makes me question who is more powerfull the guy upstairs or down… It isnt appropriate to be preaching that type of “miricle” on here… How about just pray- that is enough…

    16. Omega on June 19th, 2005 11:32 am

      I posted on last thread of 18,2005 “MINISTER OF JUSTICE UNDER INCREASED SECURITY” – 8/21/2004 — as of 01/2005 yet another article about Death Threat to Mr. Croes.

      Here is article on Coast control for 2005:

      Coasts of Aruba will be controlled more strictly in 2005

      Oranjestad, Aruba.

      January 5th 2005,

      Trudy Hassel, Commander of the special police unit Warda nos Costa said
      that the coasts of Aruba will be more strictly controlled in 2005. This year
      we will focus our attention more to the coasts said Hassel. Not so much
      so in protecting the island from illegals but more so to declare a war on
      drug smuggle.

      Trudy said that there is a great misunderstanding in the community that
      the majority of illegals arrive on the island by sea. As a matter of fact at
      least 95 percent of the illegals on the island arrive by air and come into
      the country as tourists and never leave again said Hassel. That is a very
      big problem.

      The Aruba Tradewinds Times

    17. gianna on June 19th, 2005 12:37 pm

      Subdude Says:

      June 19th, 2005 at 8:04 am
      Does anyone know when he poster was changed from “Missing” to “Kidnapped”?

      It was changed around the time the 2 security guards were arrested.I was in Aruba
      when they were changed,it was around the week of 6/6.

    18. Canadian Girl on June 19th, 2005 1:31 pm

      Fox just said JVDS parents are both being interogated at the police station…since early this AM. Going live in a minute.

    19. cancon on June 19th, 2005 3:07 pm

      I was watching Big Story last night – did anyone catch the allegations by one of the editors of Diario that he believes Natalie is alive and was kidnapped by some Venezulean guys who are trying to move her without detection, after reading the story about all the false leads, including someone who claimed they had Natalie only to find out it was another woman or the whole thing was a scam, I am skeptical to say the least, but then it sort of jives with the hints from some blogger with FBI connections….

      another odd thing, my manicurist told me that one of her clients heard that Natalee and Joran had been corresponding by email BEFORE she arrived on the island, which might explain her level of trust??? anyone here anything like that

      now a question – are we presuming the parents haven’t been questioned at all until now or that this is the first time they have been formally investigated in the context of “coming down to the station”

      Fox is just reporting that this is the second formal interrogation of the father, the Van Der Sloots are just leaving the police station

    20. observer on June 19th, 2005 3:28 pm

      Would a local w/ some real information please have the courage to speak up! The delays in investigating this case only makes your country and government look bad to the outside world. You can either police yourself and correct this problem now, or let this go unsolved and have it hurt your tourism permanently.

      It is funny how the Arubans on here during the week have dissapeared. Maybe they’re at the beach, or maybe they just realize that they can’t defent these 3 suspects or the shady activities there any more.

    21. scc on June 19th, 2005 4:03 pm

      I doubt the Arubans are defending the 3 suspects, and what shady activities are u talking about? Maybe they have disappeared because they are tired of readind all this crazy conspirasy theories and Aruba bashing that goes on and on in here I am not even from Aruba and I am tired of it. Please take youre pill and chill

    22. observer on June 19th, 2005 4:18 pm

      The shady activities are the bad police work:

      1) Waiting 2 weeks to search the homes of the suspects. They are suspects b/c they are the last known to see the missing girl. The govt’s answer that they don’t want to be “cowboys” in doing search does not make sense. The standard for conducting searches in Aruba is lower than in the U.S.
      2) Releasing the prime suspects and waiting 3 days to arrest them.
      3) Waiting 3 weeks to formally question the parents of the suspects.
      4) Refusing to take polygraph tests on the suspects, even if it’s not admissible. At a minimum, these tests can be a good investigation tool.
      5) The inability to crack 2 teenagers and 1 21-year old. These kids are not brilliant – any amount of duress can break them.

      I’m not really advocating a huge consipracy, but think that the police have hurt the chance of successful prosecution by delays, which only gives more time to destroy the evidence. There are delays in the U.S. too – such as the delays in arresting Scott Peterson.

    23. SteveDinMD on June 19th, 2005 4:18 pm

      I don’t know. Perhaps Aruba has a lot more crime than we’ve all been led to believe. Perhaps it’s just not reported and/or investigated. The Dutch have a long tradition of legalizing or at least tolerating so-called “victimless” vices. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Aruban authorities had absolutely no law enforcement effort targeting drug trafficking or money laundering. Prostitution is legal there, so all the peripheral activities associated with it are probably off-limits, as well. After some years of police neglect, the island could easily wind up infested with insideous crime syndicates continually expanding the scope of their illegal activities, ultimately to control the island from behind the scenes. Aruba is in a dicey neighborhood. Nearby, there are Jamaican “posses,” Columbian cartels, and Venezualan syndicates. Erradicating vice and organized crime should be Aruba’s top priority if they are to preserve any semblence of peace, tranquility, and law & order.

      Aruba also has a very small permanent population, but hosts a large number of transients by comparison. I could see where crimes against transients (including tourists) would represent a low priority for police investigation. Crimes against illegals, prostitutes, drug dealers, etc. could easily rate an absolute ZERO on the priority scale because these people don’t matter at all. They’re under the radar, so to speak. I could also see where crimes against US tourists, assuming no one is seriously injured, could also be a low priority. Tourists typically leave the island after a short while, thus removing follow-up pressure on the police. To the extent that thefts, assaults, robberies, and rapes can be nonchalantly attributed to drunkeness or stupidity in individual cases, I could see where they could wind up seriously under-represented in Aruban crime statistics. Perhaps the Natalee Holloway story is blowing the lid off Aruba’s underbelly.

    24. jojo on June 19th, 2005 5:35 pm

      Just heard about this board and decided to add my comments. I’ve been riveted by the recent coverage of Natalee Holloway. The blogs do offer lots of insight and chances to respond. I’ve back-off from this a bit after reading so much of it but one thing does ring true for me: I suspect the confession that was referred to last week was true; one of the suspects has confessed already and has taken the police to the body. All that we’re seeing now is the investigation as to what happened and who exactly was involved. The Kalpoe brothers are being held as either accomplices or participants in the possible aggravated sexual assault of this girl. The killing may have been in a panic. From the very beginning, everything about this case has been wrong. It’s also very possible this was an awful accident the result of carelessness; they had both been drinking and may have gone for a swim @ 2am. There is obviously a cover-up though; presumably to hide Joran Van Der Sloot’s involvement due to his social status on the island. The reason we got a statement from the over-seeing judge to the press; he is the horse’s mouth. This way, no one else can make a politically damaging statement. After all, a large portion of Aruba’s economy (supposedly) is dependant on American tourist dollars therefore they cannot afford to allow any information in the hands of someone that would easily be subjected to press scrutiny. Something happened here; ‘something bad’. Why else would this Judge (Judge Wit)? feel that there’s enough evidence to proceed? The suspects are being kept separated and have had no contact with the outside world. Each one of them is questioned separately, their stories don’t jive. I read the Kalpoe brothers do tell the same story though; they dropped Joran & Natalee off at a beach north of the Marriott Hotel and left them there. The suggestion of her possible abduction and sped off to Venezuela or Columbia is improbable since that would require afore-thought and preparation. I also read somewhere the family, the Biological dad, may have already hired a P.I. located in Venezuela to do some poking around. FOX news aired a cell phone call from someone in Venezuela (I believe it was) claiming he was following a car that possibly had Natalee in it. Hmm. Peace

    25. Subdude on June 19th, 2005 8:58 pm

      Gianna says the poster was changed aroung the week of 6/6:

      Firstly, thanks, Gianna, and mariefrommaine, for the responses.
      Gianna: If its not too personal a question, from when to when were you in Aruba. Do you think you could pin down the date the poster changed? I will do some research of my own to see what I can find.


    26. catty on June 19th, 2005 10:11 pm

      Hey observer.
      I am Aruban and PROUD of it. We have not disappeared. Just SICK an EFFING TIRED of the aruba bashing out there. Just because law enforcement seems to have made a mess out of this (agree with you on that), doesnt make Aruba an islandof ‘misfits’ where ‘nothing is a crime’ as some know-t-lls in the american media suggested.
      If that were the case, i wouldn’t want to think about what to call the good ol’ US of A, what with OJ, Scott Peterson, MJ, ‘mississippi burning, gitmo, etc, etc,
      Hey think about the 88 disappearances in Birmingham AL, this year, what about those? OK, i’ll just stop with this line of reasning because I’m lowering myself to your level The lowest common denominator, which is what the press is pandering to…
      I can talk for ALL arubans out there in saying that we are all shocked by this thing whichhas never happened before on our island and we all wish for this thing to be resolved ASAP and for those responsible to be punished. it is for exactly that reason that the FBI was called in to assist with the investigation, which doesntseem to have made any difference right?

    27. Peter on June 20th, 2005 1:00 am


      You being from there and knowing the culture and I assume the langauge, what do YOU think happened to Natalee? And if you decide to answer, please don’t answer with “I don’t know.”

      As small as Aruba is, I’m thinking that you are at least a little familiar with C&C and the atmosphere there. Are the scenarios of this girl being drugged and led out into the wilderness a likely one?

    28. traveller on June 20th, 2005 9:05 am

      “i think that someone is just being a jerk about the mutilated person-
      give everyone a break I come here to check to see if they have found that poor girl- every day i just know that she is alive-
      no news talks of a murder- oh boy i really hope not at least! ”

      for Marie from MN,

      a body of a man was found in a cementery ( I don’t know in which city) afew days ago. It’s not new news.The body was decoptated and Aruba officials claimes that it was just coincidence and it was about drugs.

    29. observer on June 20th, 2005 10:00 am

      [URGE TO ARUBANS:] Catty – Sorry, I’m not attacking Arubans in general, but the way their police system has been behaving. I’m an attorney and what I’ve seen, at least on the surface, does not seem like the right way to be leading or enforcing an investigation. Having said that, I agree that the American justice system has its problems too. My only urge to the Arubans is for them to speak up (on anonymous terms) about what they think may have happened. I’ve not been to Aruba but hear that b/c of its small population, the few locals have access to unbiased and unfiltered information, but are scared to share it. If true, it’s time to break out of that represession.

      Also, the FBI was involved early in the case, but I understand that Aruban authorities have not permitted to FBI to do anything substantive — demoted to an observer status, like I am.

    30. sofia on June 20th, 2005 10:23 am

      To observer,

      We are not repressed in any way. We can speak our minds. It’s not like a small group has access to ‘secret’ information. It is so ridiculous to think, that there is a cover up by the police/officials. What would they gain by that aside form the worlds outrage.
      We all are breaking our heads over what happend to Natalee. There are so many theories, outrageous ones, simple ones. Believe me, everybody here is getting nuts over this case not being solved yet. Why the police is not able to crack these 3 guys?We have daughters too and want them to be safe. I pray every day for teh Holloway family, can not even start to imagine, how it feels to loose your child.

    31. TheGreatPretender on June 21st, 2005 4:33 pm

      Paul Van Der Sloot should be in Jail for tampering with evidence……….
      Erasing computer evidence is a Crime………….
      Aruba if all of you did nt know is the easiest Bridge to Europe for transporting Drugs & anything else they want to transport….. Cheap Airfares and 1 step bridge from Colombia……………
      Toothpick under the fingernail will make those Slobs talk…………….
      I pray for Natalee & her Mom…………..

      Let Jack Bauer Interrogate them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    32. Mike & Joan on June 21st, 2005 6:57 pm

      Hi All,
      WE ARE FROM ARUBA!!! And would like to answer some of your inventions/ stories. We are a different island with different laws. You guys think that we Arubian do not want to solve this case, We are also worried of what happended to Natalee, and we are sorry to hear that it happened here on our beautiful and loving island ARUBA. You have to think logic, the three guys that are being interogated every minute, every hour, every day and have almost 3 weeks already under investigation are young and nothing clear hae been come out. So I think that they do not have nothing to do with the case. Here in Aruba we do not send someone to jail without having evidence, like you do in the states. I have only one questions for all moms? If you have a lost child do you think you are going to be so calm?

    33. seedyrum on June 25th, 2005 11:11 pm

      I will say and always will say, there is a coverup. The Arubian police, Judge Witt and the father Paulos are guilty of it.
      1 Letting the 3 off without questioning further, seizing vehicle searching home and computers
      2 allowing the 3 to point the finger to 2 black men
      3 Putting the black men in jail without (evidence) and keeping them there saying there was suffient evidence?? what evidence?? Judge Bob Wit need to tell what evidence he had to arrest, hold, and keep the 2 black men in jail. This I want answered.
      4 Not allowing FBI to be apart of the questioning, interviewing, search for evidence
      5 Saying things to the media then backtracking
      6 Not keeping the family of the missing child informed in the investigation
      7 not getting the father of the main suspect until2 weeks later
      8 the police didnt have the 3 under surveillance or tapping their phones…remember Aruba doesnt have this type of crime so how would they be the technologically adept and equipped?? and why put the 2 in jail to further that disingenious concept??
      9 the police dragging their heels on doing a really indepth investigation again since they never have crime of this type how would they know how to proceed?? why not get help?? dont know dont ask for help there by tume helps to wash away crucial evidence forensics and/or the body
      10 I wouldnt be surprised if the police isnt helping the 3 men now 4 to fabricate a plausible or delay tactics.

      thank good ness for the bloggers MSM putting the heat on Arubian government, thank goodness The Twittys and Holloways have money to stay and pressure the Arubian goverment. Greta of Fox News did a great thing taking her show to Aruba. She gave background information on the clubbing scene and Arubian or Dutch Lack of Law.

    34. KARAKAL on June 26th, 2005 12:09 pm

      Missing teen Natalee Holloway overdosed after being slipped Ecstasy at an Aruba night-spot, died on a dark beach and was dumped at sea by one of the panicked boys she had befriended.

      Sources will begin to reveal the chilling theory secretly being pursued by police on the Dutch Caribbean island.

      investigation shows that Natalee’s classmates from Mountain Brook, Alabama, who were with her during her final hours, support cops’ fears that the normally responsible honor student was drugged.

      A source close to the case said: “The detectives are certain that Natalee is dead. And if she was dropped by boat far enough from shore where the currents are right, it’s unlikely her body would ever be found.”

      Joran van der Sloot, 17, and three other men have been treated as suspects and are being questioned in the grim Aruba prison in San Nicolas. They have not been charged.
      investigation in Aruba has uncovered a disturbing portrait of the apparent main suspect — 6 ft 5 in van der Sloot, the son of a wealthy Dutch lawyer. Friends claim that hard drinking, violence-prone Joran:

       º PREYS on naà ¯ve young American girls for sex
      Â º LIKES to fight and was forced to get anger management counseling
      Â º POSTED pictures of himself on a personal website acting out sadomasochistic games

    35. Charlie on July 6th, 2005 12:45 pm

      I just wanted to comment on the fact that the Aruban Goverment has let the the brothers out of jail, because there is a lack of evidence to hold them. To me this is a bad sign. It is my belief that it’s only a matter of time before the curupt goverment of Aruba lets Van der cock sucker go as well, for a lack of evidence. Then and only then will we know understand just how deep and rampent the curuption runs.

      I hope I’m wrong, and remember this is only my opionion.
      But if this is the way it goes down, we as Americans have an obligation to boycotte this Tiny Island and squeeze the last breath out of there tourism industry.

      Friend of Nat.

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