ORANJESTAD, Aruba — A judge on Wednesday ordered a U.S. television network not to broadcast footage from a tour of an Aruban jail that shows the suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
The judge issued the order at the request of an attorney for the suspect, Joran van der Sloot, following a hearing on the Dutch Caribbean island.
In a statement, NBC News said it would not broadcast the footage though its news crew had permission from the warden to film inside the jail.
“While we respect the court’s decision of this evening, we are considering our next course of legal action,” the network said.
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NBC showed a portion of the video from its tour of the jail on the MSNBC program “Rita Cosby: Live and Direct,” and well as the "Today" show on Thursday but did not include the images of van der Sloot, an 18-year-old Dutch youth who has been detained since June 9 in the disappearance of Holloway.
A judge is scheduled to hold a hearing in September to determine if there is enough evidence to continue holding van der Sloot, who has not been charged in the case.
Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala., vanished in the early hours of May 30, the last day of a high school graduation trip to Aruba.
Extensive searches of the island have produced no sign of the teen who was last seen in public leaving a bar with van der Sloot and two other young local men.
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