Video: Examining the charges

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updated 6/9/2005 2:14:52 PM ET 2005-06-09T18:14:52

With police in Aruba confirming three new arrests overnight in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, there are now five individuals in custody connected to the case.

An Aruban judge ruled Wednesday there is sufficient reason to continue holding two former security guards in the case. Chris LeJeuz, the attorney for Abraham Jones, one of the first suspects held in connection with Natalee Holloway's disappearance, joined MSNBC's Randy Meier on Thursday morning to talk about the case.

To read an excerpt of the interview, continue to the text below. To watch the video, click above.

Randy Meier: The three men arrested last night are the same men that police called persons of interest early in this case. Do they have any connection to your client?

Chris LeJeuz: I have specifically asked my client that question. He didn't know about these three men before his arrest, before he was asked by police if he knew them. He didn't even know they were interrogated before the police arrested them. He doesn't know them. He doesn't have any connection with them whatsoever.

Meier: The three men are the three people originally identified as three who dropped Natalee Holloway off at a hotel the night she disappeared and they would be then identified as the three people who have, under this theory, last seen Natalee Holloway. It does beg then question then, Mr. LeJeuz, as to why police arrested Abraham Jones, your client, long before these three others. Have you made a connection here?

LeJeuz: I have not been able to make a connection possibly because of the pressure of the press here. I don't know, I'd rather not speculate on this issue, sir.

Meier: Abraham Jones, as well as the other suspect, Mickey John, may be held in jail for, I believe, 116 days or 118 days, nearly four months in any case, without evidence. Who determines the length of the time held on suspicion, which is different than U.S. law, but they're being held there. How is that length determined?

LeJeuz: It's not entirely with any indication. It's without the evidence necessary to convict a person but they do have a certain material they can use against them and this material is circumstantial. They can hold them for eight days, they can release them when the eight days are over.

After that they have to go to a judge to get the permission of a judge to hold them any longer. If the judge refuses the permission, they have to let him go. If the judge gives them the permission, they will be able to give them another 16 days and after that it regulates another permission from the judge. They are reviewing the case several times before they reach the 116 days.

Meier: With that in mind, I assume the authorities would have to provide you with what they consider serious suspicion in this case and investigation, what have they said about it? What details have they given about their suspicion?

LeJeuz: The materials they have presented to me in my opinion do not justify the detention of the people. I have challenged them regarding the material presented in front of the judge yesterday. The judge ruled against me. I found that the judge ruled because of the common interest of the case but I do not believe they did so entirely on the light material that was available which is so far circumstantial evidence.

Meier: Let me ask you about something being talked about there on the island, that this was a quick rush to judgment, that the arrest was made because authorities wanted to close or clear this case up or at least appear to be in the process of closing this case up quickly. Is there merit in that?

LeJeuz: Well, I don't know if there is merit in that. It has the appearance of that but I'd rather not give a personal opinion about that. It's quite possible that they have rushed the judgment process because they have to produce something because the pressure was so high.

MSNBC Live with Amy Robach and Randy Meier can be seen weekdays from 9 a.m.-Noon.

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