Video: New details in Aruba case

updated 6/15/2005 5:45:11 PM ET 2005-06-15T21:45:11

Police on Wednesday searched the family home of a Dutch teen detained in the disappearance of a Alabama honors student Natalee Holloway and towed two vehicles from the property.

Anita Van Der Sloot is the mother of the Dutch teen who is currently under arrest. She proclaims her son's innocence, and shares that he had been living a normal life— taking exams and playing sports— up until the arrest.

She talked to MSNBC's Dan Abrams on Friday's show. A transcript is below:

DAN ABRAMS, HOST, 'THE ABRAMS REPORT:'  Thank you so much for taking the time to come on the program.  All right, so tell us first what it is that your son has told you about this night.

ANITA VAN DER SLOOT, DISAPPEARANCE SUSPECT'S MOTHER:  Well I believe that my son told me exactly the same he told the police.  I believe in him.  I believe he's innocent.  He's a young teenager.  He would never harm somebody.  He's loved here.  He's a great child.  He's ready to go to college.  He's an honor student.  And we just believe that he was telling the truth. 

ABRAMS:  And is what he told you consistent with what we've been discussing—that he and these two other men went with Natalee, they drove to the beach, that your son and Natalee had some sort of sexual contact.  That they then dropped Natalee off at the hotel and that's the last that they saw of her? 

VAN DER SLOOT:  I think that's still under investigation, so I cannot say any much more about this than you already know or heard... There are so many rumors going around and the media is so crazy for us too that it's only the police that knows the details. 

ABRAMS:  I think you're right and that's why I wanted to ask you to just tell us exactly what it is that your son said so we're not reporting rumors and we're not reporting allegations. 

VAN DER SLOOT:  You must understand that my son has said nothing on Monday because he went to school.  He was studying for exam.  It's his finals.  And there was nothing to be worried about until the night that the police came forward to interrogate them as witnesses. 
And after that we heard what happened, but this is something—of course, he told us certain details that he told the police too, because from the beginning he said to us that he was innocent.  And he only wanted to help, and he is very consistent in his story.  He did the whole week after the several interrogations he went back to school because this mostly happened at night.  We tried to keep him with us as much as possible. 

He went to his tennis coach.  He played his sports.  He's a fantastic sporter.  He did all the things that normally he does, and until yesterday morning when the police came at our house—because we really thought that  with the whole process going on that it would all be solved—of course, hoping and praying that the girl would appear alive. 

ABRAMS:  Let me ask you this—when did your son meet Natalee? 

VAN DER SLOOT:  I don't know about that.  You have to ask somebody else or the attorney about this later. 

ABRAMS:  OK.  And is there anything else about the details of what it is he says happened that night that you'd like to share with us?

VAN DER SLOOT:  No, I would only like to share like and maybe I can be very open with this.  I think the media conference here in Aruba is getting totally crazy and there's so much pressure on everybody of us.  I believe fully and with me, my whole family, my husband, and my other children, my family, all over the world, believe that Joran is 200 percent innocent and of course as a mom you're very angry that they drive a kid to the hotel to…

These are three boys that just like any other 17-year teenager, he wanted to do his best to bring somebody to the hotel safe and this happened.  And we don't know what happened after that.  So I'm just standing behind my son.  I think he's a great kid.  He was ready to go to school.  He got accepted at six universities in the states. 

He's an international student who speaks languages.  He's an honor student.  He participated in Aruba in Model United Nations.  Why would a young boy like he, who is favored on the island, who everybody loves, he has a lot of friends…? He represents Aruba on several occasions, why would he do something evil? 

For us it's no question that he's innocent, and that there will be a conclusion in this.  We feel for the parents [Natalee’s] and we just want to support them as much as possible too.  And it's just all a big, big nightmare, for all of us.

ABRAMS:  Yes.  We should point out that the laws—under the Dutch law that they're working under is different than here in the United States.  That there, one could be held  under suspicion without any evidence.  So the bottom line is... it doesn't mean that they are saying that “we believe this person did it.  It means that we have got some questions that we need answered, and as a result he's being held until they can resolve those question.” Thank you very much for taking the time.  We really appreciate it.

VAN DER SLOOT:  And thank you very much also. 

Stay tuned to "Abrams Report" for more analysis and interviews, 6 p.m. ET weeknights on MSNBC TV.


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