The conversation could "bring clarity in the Natalee Holloway case," says the attorney general

By Eunice Oh
June 16, 2010 04:40 PM
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Five years after Natalee Holloway disappeared, Joran van der Sloot said last week he was finally ready to talk about the case – and it appears he’s one step closer to doing just that.

Though the Dutchmen is currently in a Peruvian prison, charged with the murder of business student Stephany Flores, officials in the South American country have been in contact with authorities in Aruba, where the U.S. teen was last seen.

“The Peruvian judicial authorities have indicated that they are willing to facilitate a conversation between the Public Prosecutor, Police of Aruba and Joran van der Sloot in Peru, with the objective to verify the information given by Joran van der Sloot and possibly bring clarity in the Natalee Holloway case,” Aruba’s Attorney General Robert F. Pietersz said Wednesday.

“Although the Peruvian authorities have the prerogative in their criminal case against Joran van der Sloot,” adds the statement, “the Public Prosecutors Office of Aruba has the explicit intention to discover the truth in the Holloway case.”

Van der Sloot reportedly told Peruvian police he was willing to come clean about Holloway because he fears for his life in the high-security Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima where he awaits trial.

According to reports, the 22-year-old admitted to killing Flores in a rage after discovering she had opened his laptop and saw material about Holloway’s disappearance. “The girl intruded into my private life,” he reportedly said during his confession.

With reporting by JEFF TRUESDELL