Court Blocks Dutch Student’s Pretrial Arrest In Holloway’s Disappearance

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An Aruban prosecutor says judges won’t allow authorities to re-arrest a Dutch college student in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

The prosecutor says an appeals court decided Thursday that there’s isn’t enough new evidence to arrest Joran Van der Sloot, who has already been arrested and released twice before.

Prosecutors had asked to re-arrest Van der Sloot based on hidden-camera recordings in which he’s shown saying that he was with Holloway when she died and that he had a friend dump her body at sea.

But a three-judge panel decided the statements in the videotape conflicted with some of the other statements Van der Sloot made in the case.

The prosecutor says some things that Van der Sloot said on the tape can be verified, but that authorities don’t have proof of what happened on the beach.

The prosecutor says the investigation remains open.