February 13, 2009


The clear message from the Netherlands

ORANJESTAD/DEN HAAG – The Netherlands has ‘reasonably’ done everything a country can do to solve the case of the disappeared American teenager Natalee Holloway, says state secretary Ank Bijleveld-Schouten (Kingdom Relations, CDA) in a letter to the Lower House that have asked for more information. Holloway disappeared in May of 2005 and the case is still not solved.

There are currently two investigations going in the disappearance case: the criminal investigation into the disappearance of the teenager and an investigation by the national detective into the allegations of Justice-minister Rudy Croes in the early stages of the criminal investigation.

It was in December of last year that Croes accused the former chief of police Jan van der Straaten of having blown the investigation in the first ten days. He did this in consideration of his friendship with Paul van der Sloot, the father of Joran van der Sloot, who is still the prime suspect.

The Public Prosecutor doesn’t give any details during this investigation, writes Bijleveld to the Lower House. Bijleveld explains all ‘the efforts’ the Netherlands had done in the Holloway-case until now. Upon request of Aruba, Dutch militaries have assisted with the search in the early stages. Dutch sniffer dogs and F-16’s with special camera were also put in. Aruba has again requested the assistance of the Netherlands in September of 2006 and Dutch experts have tested the investigation in the Netherlands. This ‘revision’ provided sufficient clues to continue the investigation in Aruba. The Dutch team together with their Aruban colleagues performed in 2007 and 2008 a continued investigation into the still open scenarios. Bijleveld says that ‘all necessary means’ were put in, but have not led to solving the case. The Aruban police are still investigating the case at this moment.



Anonymous said...

Ank Bijleveld-Schouten had stepped out of line of her responsibility. The Kingdom criticise Ark severely in the Dutch radio release. Aruba has dragged Netherlands into the ecomomy hellhole. The Dutch desperately need help from the US Stimulus Package. Ark B. owes the American people an apology, says the Dutch main media in Holland.

Anonymous said...

The Crown grants Ank BS the authority to recall Hans Mos the Head Prosecutor from Aruba. She refused to do so, and is afraid of her unpaid nanny services tax scandal being exposed by Aruba.com

Anonymous said...

all necessary means must be stopped to prevent the further damages between the US and Netherlands, the new US government is entirely different than from the past. The new US President is not selfish, he will seek justice for his American people.

Anonymous said...

Instead of washing there hands and saying that they have done all they can. How about going after the aruban officials. How can Joran's Godfather and Paulus Friend be handling the case? Isn't this against the law? How can Karin Jansen be in charge of the case. She worked with Paulus? Then we have the judges who ruled on the case. They are the same ones that helped train Paulus to become a judge. I see that Johan Remkes of Dutch Parliment voted awhile ago. Not to look into the happenings in Aruba. Isn't he the same guy who nominated Paulus to become a judge?