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Joran Van der Sloot may be extradited to US

Joran van der Sloot, center, is seen before being transported by police in Lima, Thursday, June 10, 2010.

April 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The main suspect in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005 may be extradited to the U.S.

Holloway disappeared and was last seen leaving a nightclub with Van der Sloot. He was arrested twice in the case, but never charged.

The attorney for Joran Van der Sloot says Peruvian officials are evaluating a request by the U.S. to extradite the jailed Dutchman. The lawyer says his client fears extradition because U.S. prisons have a reputation for being "very hard" on inmates.

Van der Sloot, 24, is serving a 28-year prison sentence for killing Stephany Flores, a woman he met in Lima. Flores was killed exactly five years after Holloway's disappearance.

Van der Sloot also faces extortion charges in Alabama for allegedly receiving $25,000 from Holloway's mother to tell her where to find her daughter's remains. The information turned out to be worthless.