Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Thurs. June 30, 2005: The parents of Natalee Holloway should not to give in to media sensationalism and alienate Aruban officials investigating their daughter’s disappearance, a vice-president of the Caribbean Bar Association has warned.
His comments come as Beth Holloway Twitty lashed out at Aruba police investigators for not doing enough to ensure Judge Paul van der Sloot, remained jailed. The judge is the father of 17-year-old Joran van der Sloot, who remains jailed as a suspect in the disappearance of the teen. Twitty based her assumptions on the fact that the senior van der Sloot was sweating profusely in “a well-ventilated room” during questioning.
But Jamaican criminal attorney, Wayne Golding, while extending condolences to the family, said they “can’t throw the blame around” and they need to let the police and investigators do their job and not rush to judgment without the facts.
Golding, VP of the Central Florida chapter of the CBA, also criticized the American media, which he said is convicting folks and making wild assumptions while painting the Aruba authorities as incompetent for failing to find Holloway or charge anyone to date.
“People need to reserve their opinions until we get the facts,” said the attorney, adding that there are no retractions when individuals are found innocent and released.
He lauded the Aruba authorities for “doing a thorough job” so far, and not rushing to officially pin charges on anyone even though the international pressure is mounting.
And he also praised the government and nationals there for being gracious and supportive of the missing teen’s parents, given the tragedy.
But he said, while they have been allowed to essentially “roam free,” parents of Caribbean children who die tragically in the U.S., are rarely extended that courtesy and are often denied visas.
So far four people arrested in the case have been released, including Judge van der Sloot and a boat deejay. But the younger van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers – Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18 – remain jailed even though they have not been charged. Officials are hard pressed to come up with evidence to charge the youth, since according to Aruba law, they can only be held for another five days constitutionally.
The mystery over what happened to the 18-year-old has dragged into the fourth week as Aruba continues to make headline news around the world. Holloway vanished May 30, just hours before she was supposed to fly home with classmates following a five-day trip to celebrate their graduation from Mountain Brook High School.
The island’s heavily, dependent tourism sector also stand to lose, even though its generally considered safe. The last time a tourist was killed in Aruba was back in 1996, when two robbers shot and killed an American woman. They were arrested and convicted. In 2005, only one person has been murdered, an Aruban man.
But tour operators and airline officials have both reports no cancellations since the Halloway disappearance, more than a month ago. – Hardbeatnews.com