Suspect in Natalee Holloway’s Death Pleads Not Guilty to Extorting Her Mother

Joran van der Sloot, who has been linked to the 2005 disappearance of an American teenager, Natalee Holloway, pleaded not guilty to extortion and fraud charges in court in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday after he was temporarily extradited from Peru to the United States.

At his appearance at the Hugo L. Black United States Court House, Mr. van der Sloot spoke only to decline the services of a Dutch translator and to acknowledge that he understood the charges against him.

He pleaded not guilty through his lawyer, Kevin Butler, a federal public defender. Before arriving in Alabama on Thursday afternoon , […]

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