Gerald Dompig, the deputy chief of police in Aruba, joined MSNBC’s Dan Abrams on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 to discuss the status of the case.
Aruban police say new tapes could spur arrests. Appears that Deepak Kalpoe has certainly opened the door for further questioning in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway and a possible rearrest.
DOMPIG: He is working on it … you could say that the glitch was that — I understood that the producer of the company of the “Dr. Phil Show” wasn’t pleased because they said that they didn’t — they never put any conditions on it. But we were informed differently.
But that’s not the issue right now. More important is to me that we do get the tapes as soon as possible. … Because I assure you that, if these tapes are legitimate, it could turn around the case.
ABRAMS: Why is that? Is what he says on that tape inconsistent with what he said in interviews with the police?
DOMPIG: Absolutely. Absolutely. They always denied having sex with this young girl. And so, in looking at the tapes, to watch if this is really what this gentleman has said, then it is totally contrary to what he has declared at our police station.
ABRAMS: So, if those tapes are verified by you, are you going to re-arrest Deepak Kalpoe?
DOMPIG: Of course, that’s one of the strong possibilities. Don’t forget that we do have to follow tactical issues and strategies.
The issue, also, is that, in Aruba, we don’t know the plea bargains. It’s not allowed within our system. So we do have to follow different rules and regulations.
But I assure you that, once this is verified, and if it’s legitimate, the case will turn around fully. And it will be for us absolutely enough new information to talk once more to this young man, or, as a matter of fact, with maybe to all three.