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Three suspects released in missing teen case

September 4, 2005

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— All three suspects in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager were released from jail Saturday in a setback for the prosecution and the biggest blow yet to Natalee Holloway's family.

Joran van der Sloot, an 18-year-old Dutchman, and two Surinamese brothers, Satish Kalpoe, 18 and Deepak Kalpoe, 21, were released on condition they remain in Dutch territory and be available to police for questioning.

The Kalpoe brothers emerged from prison dressed in jeans, carrying black plastic bags and accompanied by their attorneys.

"It's a happy day for the Kalpoe family," said David Kock, an attorney for Satish.

At his home later, Van der Sloot came out smiling, flung an arm around his father's neck and squeezed his mother's shoulder. He did not address reporters.

"We would like to express our happiness to have Joran back in our lives," said his mother, Anita.

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