March 20, 2007


**Another thank you to Natalee's Freebirds for this great research and post!


It would be assumed that Paulus Van der Sloot's attorney, Arie Swaen, has an indepth knowledge of Dutch law and when he stated that a case for compensation as a result of wrongful detainment could be inititiated on behalf of his client when the Natalee Holloway case was closed he was drawing on that foundation of knowledge.

Why did the judge disregard Dutch law and award compensation to Paulus Van der Sloot prior the Natalee Holloway case being closed?

Arie Swaen - Paulus Van der Sloot's Attorney
DIARIO Aruba - Oct. 22/05

The judge indicated that he will give his decision on the 11th of November.

According to lawyer Swaen, if the judge decides that the case is closed for Paulus van der Sloot, they will then initiate a case of damage and prejudice, for the days he sat in the police station jail.

If the case is not closed, they will then keep looking for when this will be the case so they can follow up.

Translation Credit -

Paulus Van der Sloot awarded Compensation
Expatica News - Aug. 3/06

AMSTERDAM — Dutchman Paul van der Sloot, father of the chief suspect in the Natalee Holloway disappearance case, has been awarded financial damages

A court on the autonomous Dutch island of Aruba ruled that Paul van der Sloot was arrested and detained for four days without due cause last year as part of the investigation. He was awarded 50,000 Aruban Guilders in compensation. This is equal to EUR 21,800 or USD 27,900.

Paul van der Sloot, a judge in training on Aruba at the time, was arrested on 22 June 2005 on suspicion of conspiring on or after the fact with his son. He was released without charge four days later but still considered a suspect.

He won a civil action for unjust detention against the Aruban authorities in November of that year and has now been awarded damages. He is no longer a suspect. The judge in the civil case stressed his ruling related solely to Paul van der Sloot.

Mariaine Croes
FOX NEWS - Aug. 8/06

ORANJESTAD, Aruba — Aruban prosecutors said Tuesday they will appeal an order to compensate a man detained in the disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway.

A judge on the Dutch Caribbean island ruled on July 28 that the prosecutor's office should pay $30,190 to Paulus van der Sloot, a former justice official in Aruba who was detained in the case for three days, for defamation and legal fees.

"The public prosecutor's office does not agree with the amount granted, since this is much higher than usual," spokeswoman Mariaine Croes said.


The conflicts of interest that abound in the Natalee Holloway case in regards to the working and personal relationships between Paulus Van der Sloot and those who held official positions encompassing the investigation were purposely overlooked. The provisions provided in Aruban law regarding this issue were obviously disregarded.

Paulus Van der Sloot

Reporter (Twan Huys): Which function do you have here at the island? Because many stories go around about that. What is your function?

Paulus van der Sloot: I am a replacing member of the joint court of justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba [1] and I am appointed for a period of three years, from January the first, 2003, until January the first, 2006.

Reporter (Twan Huys): So, you are replacement judge?

Paulus van der Sloot: Yes.

Reporter (Twan Huys): Do you know the people very well, for example, the people here from the public prosecutors' office that ordered your detention?

Paulus van der Sloot: Yes, for sure, because, before that, I have worked for eight years as chief of the cabinet of the prosecutor general [2].

Reporter (Twan Huys): So, you also know the current prosecutor general?

Paulus van der Sloot: Yes.

Reporter (Twan Huys): Mrs. Croes.

Paulus van der Sloot: Yes.

Reporter (Twan Huys): Yes, and what does that mean when your colleagues stop by to arrest you?

Paulus van der Sloot: That gives a feeling of absurdity. It is indeed almost unimaginable that by someone you actually know very well, where you worked together with for a long time, that that one comes to tell you that you are suspected of complicity to murder.

Reporter (Twan Huys): Who was that in your case?

Paulus van der Sloot: That was, in this case, that was the leader of the team of police commissioners.

Reporter (Twan Huys): Jan van der Straaten.

Paulus van der Sloot: That was Jan van der Straaten, yes.

Reporter (Twan Huys): And you know each other very well?

Paulus van der Sloot: Yes

Translation Credit - Dugo from Riehl Worldview

Paulus Vander Sloot
Official Suspect Statement - June 23, 2005

Jacobs and Kelly took down Joran's statement. Joran was speaking in Papiamentu and that was translated by the officers into Dutch. I was there when Joran made his statement. We made a few changes in the concept with regard to factualities instead of observations.

Rudy Croes - Justice Minister
FOX NEWS - June 27/05

..... Justice Minister Croes said Paul van der Sloot had recently visited him in his office after failing to become a judge, apparently seeking a position in Croes' department. Van der Sloot had also taught the justice minister's daughter.

Ben King
New Blaze - July 1/05

The minister of justice, the political party MEP and the Dutch judges are portraying their partiality by bringing in a judge from a different Island to rule over the case yet the officials that are preparing the investigation are all friends and family of the suspect. How partial is this? Those who are preparing the investigation/case have access to all declarations, forensic reports, suspects and suspects family. Several reports by the international press have proven that the van der Sloot family is very close to the investigating team (The Dutch prosecutors office).

Paul van der Sloot is a high ranking official in the judicial system and is close friends with Ben King, whom now works at the prosecution office. King was reportedly seen visiting Paul van der Sloot at his home when the Arubian police were performing a search of the van der Sloot residence.

Antonio Carlo
Expatica News - Feb., 17/06

Joran is represented by lawyer Antonio Carlo, who is also Paulus van der Sloot's boss on Aruba.

Paulus van der Sloot joined Carlo's legal firm as a lawyer in January this year.

Arie Swaen
FOX NEWS - Aug. 8/06

Van der Sloot now works for a law firm on the island that represented his son. His attorney, Arie Swaen, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.


John Kelly's logic rings loud with truth when he implies that the entire chain of events which lead to Natalee Holloways disappearance would never have happened if Paulus Van der Sloot had not been enabling Joran in an illegal activity. It can be assumed that Aruban Law must afford wannabe Judges the right to gamble with their underage sons. Otherwise, we contend that Paulus Van der Sloot received preferential treatment.

John Kelly
'Rita Cosby Live & Direct' - April 3/06

JOHN Q. KELLY, HOLLOWAY FAMILY ATTORNEY: .... And it’s sort of ironic that it’s his father who brought his underage son to a casino and left him there after he left, with access to his line of credit, to put this unfortunate chain of events in process.

You know, if Joran had never been there, not been allowed in there, because he’s underage and wasn’t accompanied by his father, the whole rest of the night wouldn’t have happened.

.... If you’re under 18, you’re not legally even allowed in casinos, so his son was breaking the law with him enabling it.

Andre Dos Santos
Official Witness Statement - June 20/05

On Sunday, May 29, 2005, around 16:30, I met Joran in the Excelsior casino of the Holiday Inn hotel. The moment I met Joran I was in the company of my father called "Montival SANTOS". Joran was in the company of father named “Paul” that is when my father and I met them in the “Excelsior Casino


Paulus Van der Sloot had been detained under suspicion of murder and kidnapping as well as being an accessory to murder in the Natalee Holloway case. Nevertheless, initially, he appears to have had the power to refuse a search of his residence. Then when an official warrant was obtained, Justice Bob Wit reduced the scope of the search at the scene. Jug and Beth Twitty's utter frustration which is revealed in the following quotes exemplifies the nightmare that Natalee's family has been experiencing for almost two years.

Karin Janssen

Aruban authorities have defended their handling of the case, saying meticulous police work takes time.

"You have to build up an investigation. You can't just go in there like a cowboy," Janssen said last week when asked why investigators waited more than two weeks to search the van der Sloot home.

Paul Reynolds
PAULA ZAHN NOW - July 14/05

ZAHN: I know you also have some strong feelings that this whole search effort has been compromised. What are you most concerned about here?

REYNOLDS: Well of course for the last two weeks I've been talking about the fact that the police would not allow EquuSearch access to the Van Der Sloot's property. Certainly...

ZAHN: And we should explain, Paul, before you go any further, this is the independent group that came in, a group that volunteered to do this work, an experienced group. And you say they've been denied access on key parts of the island?

REYNOLDS: Right, the Van Der Sloot's private property, which I think is a very important area to be searched.

Jug Twitty
NANCY GRACE - Oct. 4/05

JUG TWITTY: Absolutely. I mean I asked -- with a meeting with the prosecutor did you search Paulus` home and she said no. And I said why? And she said because he wouldn`t let us. I`m going I can`t -- he was a suspect. They brought him in for -- held him for two days. I just don`t understand it. That`s what I`m talking about. Nothing was done right in the beginning on this thing, otherwise we`d have an answer.

Beth Twitty
LIVE DESK w/Martha MacCallum - Nov. 28/06

BETH: Well I think they will always have to look at there were two personnel involved from the Aruban Justice Department and that is why we don’t have any evidence and that’s what Joran’s attorney will have to be reminded of. It’s because of Bob Witt and Ben King stopped the search warrants. It was made to initially search the entire area of Montanja 19 the garden, the buildings and everything but on the spot high ranking employee of the Justice Office Bob Witt reduced the search warrant to only the room of Joran so that’s why we don’t have any evidence because of involvement of the obstruction from the Aruban Justice Department personnel.


The Chief of Police stated that investigators suspect Paulus Van der Sloot played a crucial role in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. The investigator, Roy Tromp, stated that Paulus had changed his story regarding his knowledge of the events surrounding the morning Natalee Holloway went missing. Inquiring mind want to know why this man was released as a suspect.

Paulus Van der Sloot awarded Compensation
Expatica News - Aug. 3/06

He won a civil action for unjust detention against the Aruban authorities in November of that year and has now been awarded damages. He is no longer a suspect. The judge in the civil case stressed his ruling related solely to Paul van der Sloot.

Gerold Dompig
48 Hour Interview - Mar. 22/06

The Aruban authorities’ new theory is that someone, someone possibly very close to the young suspects, took the time to carefully hide the body, not once but maybe twice, literally re-burying her.

Gerold Dompig
48 Hours Interview - Mar. 22/06

Dompig says he believes Paulus Van der Sloot does know more than he has been telling about the circumstances surrounding Holloway's disappearance.

Gerold Dompig
'Abrams Report' - Oct. 12/05

ABRAMS: Let me ask you about the father of Joran. He was under arrest for a brief period of time before a judge released him. Do you think that he knows something?

DOMPIG: Well, he is, has been, and still is a person of interest. And I wouldn't like to say more than that at this time.

ABRAMS: But let's be clear. A person of interest in connection with Natalee's disappearance ... or in connection with something after the fact?


Roy Tromp
48 Hours Interview - Aug. 5/05

Tromp, who declined to provide details about exactly what investigators believe happened to Holloway, said that Paul van der Sloot has also changed his account the night Holloway vanished.

"Why should you do that if you are telling the truth?" he said.

Department of Justice
ARUBA BOYCOTT - Feb. 15/07

The following is a literal translation (from Diario paper) as it appears in the sentencing of the Superior Court for Paulus Van der Sloot.

" ...... The taped information and his declaration that he picked up Joran and Natalee by the McDonalds Palm Beach and brought them to the Holiday Inn, are clearly understood by the Dept. of Justice, and could in the judgment of this Superior Court, be considered as an indication of the involvement of Paulus in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway."

Translation Credit - MF at FOB


The prosecutor, Karin Janssen, concedes that Paulus Van der Sloot was guilty of obstructing the investigation. However, Aruban attorney Arlene Ellis-Schipper, claims that there are no consequences for Paulus as his relationship to Joran deems him exempt. Also, John Kelly claims to have read a delaration of a suspect who states that Paulus gave advice that the prosecutor concedes was not appropriate.

Karin Janssen
USA TODAY - June 30/05

Janssen said that the elder van der Sloot had obstructed the investigation by asking a friend of Joran, who had been interrogated by police, what he had told them.

Janssen told MSNBC that he was arrested because investigators believed he was also a suspect in the disappearance.

Karin Janssen
'The Abrams Report' - June 29/05

JANSSEN: The father has spoken with those three suspects and he said he gave them some legal advice, but I think the advices was going further than that. They spoke about the situation that when there is no body, you don‘t have a case and that was already in the first day after the disappearance. And secondly, the father and the mother have asked a friend of Joran, the suspect, the minor suspect, to come to their home to tell them what he has explained to the police. That is, well, I can say, was an obstruction of the investigation.

Arlene Ellis-Schipper
'The Abrams Report' - June 30/05

ARLENE ELLIS-SCHIPPER, ARUBAN ATTORNEY: Well basically obstruction of justice is a criminal offense in our criminal code. However, there is an exoneration for family members in the first degree. So in the case of Mr. Van der Sloot it would not apply.

John Kelly
'Rita Cosby Live & Direct' - January 12/06

KELLY: .... Paul Van Der Sloot is obviously a shameless individual. When Deepak Kalpoe gave one of his first statements to police, what he said was, “Paul Van Der Sloot advised us to get our stories straight, to not communicate by e-mail, not to use our cell phones, and to get lawyers.”

Beth Twitty
NANCY GRACE - Oct. 4/05

GRACE: ...... while you were out combing the island, they called a meeting, a meeting at the pool behind the judge`s house of lawyers, the Kalpoe family, Joran Van Der Sloot, his father, for what?

BETH HOLLOWAY TWITTY: What he was doing was helping the boys get their stories straight, Nancy. He was instructing the boys how to get your story straight. If all stories match, in 10 days you will be free.

GRACE: And what about the hard drive?

BETH HOLLOWAY TWITTY: Well he also told the guys once they got their stories straight to begin e-mailing this and then use your hard drive to nail an alibi.

GRACE: And not to use your cell phone.

Natalee and her family deserve justice, and we will not let up until they have it!

Natalee's Freebirds

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