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September 1, 2005

HarryTho Evening Natalee Holloway Update and Commentary (amid report of Joran release)

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Is this case begining to unravel? Although there's some action in the Natalee case today, it doesn't appear to be going favorably for the prosecution.

In what Beth Holloway is certain to consider shocking news, the AP reports in, " (Updated: 06:17 PM EDT), "Aruba Suspect's Dad Expects His Release" that:

A judge on Thursday ordered the release of a Dutch teenager who has been jailed for nearly three months in the disappearance of an Alabama honors student and said he would be freed this weekend, the youth's father said.

Paul van der Sloot said the judge ruled there was no reason to hold his son, Joran, any longer on suspicion of murder but the youth remained a suspect in the sexual assault of Natalee Holloway.

"The judge ruled that he must remain at the disposal of police for interrogation and follow certain rules," Paul van der Sloot, who was told of the decision by the family's attorney.

Government officials couldn't immediately confirm the report.

In a 06:46 PM EDT Update in the same AP article, the prosecution refuses to comment on the release of Joran, stating that they had not received all of the judge's decisions yet.

Deepak Kalpoe remains in jail, as the judge has not decided upon his disposoition, as of yet.

Satish is to be held an additional 8 days.

This case could become a travesty of justice in Aruba. If the prosecution had no evidence and continued to detain, in jail, these suspect, then civil action would be a slam dunk for the incarcerated suspects.

Continuing on the same topic, Fox News 6 has released that Joran van der Sloot will be released from prison on Saturday 3 September 2005. According to the article, the judge ruled that there is no reason to continue to hold Joran. No confirmation from the government has been received.

From the Birmingham News, Joran van der Sloot's attorney, Antonio Carlo, confirms the release; however, Joran remains a suspect and must be available to police.

Earlier today, Anita van der Sloot proclaimed her son's innocence, saying that the prosecution is desperate because they have no evidence linking her son to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Concerning the new sexual allegations, she responds simply that the prosecution has a "lovely picture of a young girl in a bikini."

Dan at Riehl World View writes that the National Inquirer is reporting that Joran van der Sloot has admitted watching the violent death of Natalee Holloway, and adds that he (Dan) isn't quite sure what to make of the report. Dan is also covering the release of Joran van Der Sloot.

Nancy Grace hosts Susan Candiotti, Josie Mansur, Helen Lejuez, Paul Reynolds and Jason Oshins, a defense attorney. Susan Candiotti confirms the releasee of Joran van der Sloot. Josie Mansur claimed that the judge had agreed to the additional 30 -day detention, then the judge suspended the pretrial detention time and issued some restrictions to the suspension.

The restrictions are that Joran cannot go to college in Florida, like he had planned. Joran must remain available to police and on Aruba.

Candiotti reported that the prosecutor submitted some 300 pages of "evidence" in order to hold Joran; however, the judge did not buy it and released Joran.

Josie reported that the new arrestee, Freddy, remains in jail. There has been no news on Deepak Kalpoe yet.

Jason Oshins refers to the lack of evidence as the reason for the release.

Helen, Josie and Paul are shocked and upset by the news.

Joran van der Sloot Blog has this on Joran...

One can safely summarize the day as not a good one for the prosecution. Looks like it might be back to square one!

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