By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter
Peru has approved the extradition of convicted killer Joran van der Sloot to the U.S. to stand trial for extortion and wire fraud in connection with the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.
According to court documents obtained by Joran's attorney Maximo Altez, a Peruvian judge has approved a U.S. request for provisional detention, marking the first step in the extraction process and meaning he could land on American soil within three months, reported CNN.com.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, in January van der Sloot was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the May 2010 murder of Peruvian student Stephany Flores, whom he admitted to killing in a Lima hotel room.
Once his appeal for that sentence is completed in the next month, "He will go to trial in the United States. Once he is sentenced, he will return to Peru to finish serving his 28 years, and then go back to the States to serve whatever sentence he gets there,” explained Altez, where U.S. authorities want to try the Dutchman on charges of extortion and wire fraud in the Holloway case.
In June 2010, a federal grand jury in Alabama indicted van der Sloot on charges that he tried to extort $250,000 from Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway. Van der Sloot offered to provide what turned out to be bogus information about the whereabouts of Holloway's remains in exchange for the money, according to the indictment.
Van der Sloot was arrested twice in connection with the disappearance of Holloway during a vacation to the island of Aruba in May 2005, but he has never been charged.
If found guilty of extortion, he could be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The 24-year-old is currently being held in Peru’s maximum security prison Piedras Gordas, but has spent the last two months attempting to get transferred back the the relative comforts of Castro Castro, RadarOnline.com exclusively reported.
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