A Peruvian court is considering a U.S. request to extradite convicted killer Joran van der Sloot over charges related to the 2005 death of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, a judiciary spokesman told NBC News on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Dutchman, serving 28 years for murdering business student Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel room, is the chief suspect in Holloway's 2005 disappearance in Aruba. He faces U.S. extortion and wire fraud charges.
"Yes, the request has been made ... we are discussing that subject now," said Juan Medina, a spokesman for the Peruvian court system.
Van der Sloot is charged with demanding $250,000 from Holloway’s mother in exchange for information about the location of her daughter's body. But the information he gave, according to authorities, was false.
During an interview with a journalist, van der Sloot admitted to the extortion attempt, saying he had decided to tell the family what he thought they wanted to hear, because he was angry with comments they had made in media.
Investigators say Holloway wired him $25,000.
Soon after, he was arrested in Peru for the murder of Flores, who died on the five-year anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance.
A U.S. trial is slated for 2015, with van der Sloot facing 25 years in prison if convicted.
Holloway was 18 when she vanished during a Caribbean holiday. Her body has not been found and she was declared to be deceased in January this year. Van der Sloot, who lived in Aruba at the time, was one of the last seen with her.
He was twice arrested in the case and spent three months in jail but was never formally charged.
Flores died May 30, 2010, five years to the day after Holloway vanished. Van der Sloot admitted on Jan. 12 this year that he had killed Flores -- a day before Holloway was declared dead.
In an initial confession he later said was coerced, van der Sloot said he killed Flores, 21, who was beaten and strangled, in a burst of rage after she accessed files about Holloway on his computer.
This article also includes reporting by Reuters.
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