Dutch Man Questioned in Holloway Case

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) - Aruban investigators in the Netherlands again questioned a Dutch college student in the Natalee Holloway disappearance as they sought a court order to detain him as a suspect based on a hidden-camera interview.

Police questioned 20-year-old Joran Van der Sloot for about two hours, and he again denied any role in the May 2005 disappearance of the Alabama teen in the Dutch Caribbean island.

The prosecutor's office said Van der Sloot, who was accompanied by a lawyer, claimed he was under the influence of marijuana when he said in a secretly taped video that he was with Holloway when she died and that he had a friend dump her body at sea.

He was not taken into custody.

Holloway, an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, was last seen leaving a bar with Van der Sloot and two other males on the final night of a high school graduation trip to the island.

Aruba's top prosecutor has called the video "impressive" and said he believes it is admissible in court. But Van der Sloot's lawyers insist it was not a confession.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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