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Dutch Suspect in Holloway Case Freed After Judge's Ruling

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - A judge ordered the release of the last of three suspects re-arrested last month in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

He ruled the evidence was not strong enough to continue holding Joran van der Sloot.

He had been in custody since November 21st along with two other suspects, brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, who were released from
jail December 1st following a similar ruling.

A prosecutor said the 20-year-old Van der Sloot was ordered freed because the judge found the investigation has not resulted in more direct evidence than before that Holloway died as a result of a violent crime against her or that the suspect has been involved in such a crime.

Van der Sloot walked out of jail, accompanied by one of his attorneys.

Chief prosecutor Hans Mos said the men did not divulge any new information under interrogation, leaving the investigation in the same place it was before the arrests.

Prosecutors say they have evidence that Holloway, who was 18 when she disappeared in May 2005, is dead.

No trace of the Mountain Brook teen has ever been found despite extensive searches.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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