Joran van der Sloot must serve out his 28-year sentence before being extradited to the U.S. for his alleged role in the killing of college student Natalee Holloway. (Source: CNN):
LIMA, PERU (AP/RNN) - Joran van der Sloot's lawyer says Peru's Supreme Court has approved the confessed murderer's extradition to the United States, but only once he has served out his 28-year prison sentence in the South American nation.
Lawyer Maximo Altez says the court's Friday decision is not final. Peru's justice minister and Cabinet must endorse it.
Van der Sloot faces extortion charges in Alabama in connection with the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba exactly five years before he killed a Peruvian college student in Lima.
The Dutchman remains the prime suspect in the Holloway disappearance and the U.S. charges stem from his alleged acceptance of $25,000 in early 2010 in exchange for an unfulfilled promise to lead her mother's lawyer to the body.
Van der Sloot pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to murdering Stephany Flores in his Lima, Peru, hotel room after the two were recorded on surveillance video entering his suite. Her badly beaten body was found in his room two days later.
Prosecutors in the case argued that van der Sloot killed Flores in order to steal her winnings from a Lima casino, where he met the business student and daughter of one of Peru's most prominent families.
Flores was killed exactly five years to the day of Holloway's May 30, 2005 disappearance.
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