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Court blocks Dutch student’s pretrial arrest

February 16, 2008

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— Judges have rejected an attempt to re-arrest a Dutch college student in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, a prosecutor said Friday.

An appeals court ruled Thursday that authorities do not have enough new evidence to arrest Joran van der Sloot for a third time, prosecutor Dop Kruimel told The Associated Press.

Aruban prosecutors had asked to re-arrest Van der Sloot based on the hidden-camera recordings made by a Dutch TV crime show.

It showed Van der Sloot saying he was with the Alabama teenager when she died on the Dutch Caribbean island and that he had a friend dump her body at sea.

But Kruimel said the three-judge panel decided his statements in the recording conflicted with some of his previous statements to investigators and other evidence in the case.

"The evidence has to be very, very strong," she told the AP by a telephone from Oranjestad. "The court says, 'We have reason to doubt the declaration.'"

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