LIMA, Peru (AP) — The lawyer for Joran van der Sloot says his client will fight extradition from Peru to the United States, where he is charged with extortion and wire fraud.
The charges are related to the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Van der Sloot allegedly accepted $25,000 after promising to lead her mother's lawyer to the body.
Attorney Maximo Altez said after a Peruvian judge informed Van der Sloot of the U.S. extradition request that his client prefers to stay put in Peru, where he could be freed after serving a third of his 28-year sentence for killing a Lima woman he met at a casino.
Altez says that if his client were convicted in the U.S. he wouldn't likely qualify for early parole in Peru.