Prosecutor Appeals Decision to Free American

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) -- A prosecutor in Aruba says he has
appealed a judge's decision to set free a U.S. businessman who is
suspected in the disappearance and presumed death of his traveling

If the appeal is denied, Gary Giordano will have to be released
from jail next week, and will be free to leave the island. He's
spent nearly four months in custody as investigators look for more
time to gather and evaluate evidence in the death of Robyn Gardner.

She and Giordano are both from Maryland. He maintains that Gardner
was swept out to see while snorkeling in early August.

Prosecutor Taco Stein says today's decision is a "setback." He
says Giordano is "still a flight risk" and that the investigation

The prosecutor says investigators need more time to analyze
information from his laptop and his iPad. If Giordano is set free
and leaves Aruba, and a judge later finds enough evidence to order
him to be rearrested, the prosecutor says he would request his
extradition from the U.S.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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