Police Question Holloway Suspect Again

Van der Sloot says he was stoned during taped confession
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 9, 2008 1:54 PM CST

(Newser) – Joran Van der Sloot, the elusive top suspect in Natalee Holloway’s disappearance, told Dutch police he was stoned when he confessed to a reporter that he was involved in her death, reports ABC News. Police picked him up for questioning after the apparent confession was caught on a hidden camera and shown on 20/20 last week. Aruban prosecutors said he steadfastly disavowed the confession and said he'd been smoking pot at the time.

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“He denies any knowledge of what happened in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” and he stood by his claim that he’d left Holloway intoxicated on a beach, said the prosecutor’s office. In the tape, secretly filmed by an investigative reporter who gained Van der Sloot’s trust, the Dutch suspect says that a friend tossed the teenager’s body into the sea. (Read more Natalee Holloway stories.)

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