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At his home later, Van der Sloot came out smiling, flung an arm around his father’s neck and squeezed his mother’s shoulder. He did not address reporters.
“We would like to express our happiness to have Joran back in our lives,” said his mother, Anita. “His life has been turned upside down.”
She said her family had been the victim of “slander based on rumor and gossip. It is easy to destroy the lives of people, especially through the press.”
ORANSINT NICOLAAS, Aruba — A Dutch youth and two Surinamese brothers suspected in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager were released from jail Saturday after a judge ruled they could go free but must remain available to police.
Joran van der Sloot (search), 18, and the brothers, Satish Kalpoe (search), 18 and Deepak Kalpoe (search), 21, were released from the prison on the eastern side of the island on condition that they remain in Dutch territory and be available to police for questioning, defense attorney Richie Kock said.
Kock said the teenager would soon be going to university in the Netherlands.
“Joran will be trusted to be on his own in Holland and to do as he pleases,” Kock said. “We do not have a parole system.”
A defense attorney had earlier said the release was conditional on the three staying on Aruba, a protectorate of the Netherlands, but Kock said they were only limited to Dutch territory. Court officials have provided no details.
Attorneys previously have said the release was conditional on the three staying on Aruba, a protectorate of the Netherlands, but Kock said they were only limited to Dutch territory. Court officials have provided no details.
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