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Alabama Grand Jury indicts Joran van der Sloot

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Dutchman Joran van der Sloot has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Alabama on charges he tried to extort $250,000 from the mother of Natalee Holloway, who disappeared in 2005 on a trip to Aruba.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said van der Sloot was indicted Wednesday in Birmingham on charges of wire fraud and extortion for soliciting money from Beth Holloway in exchange for information on where her daughter was buried.

Van der Sloot has been a suspect since Natalee Holloway, 18 at the time, disappeared while on a graduation trip to Aruba in 2005.

Van der Sloot is in prison in Peru, charged with murder in the May 30 death of a 21-year-old Lima student he met while playing poker in a casino. 

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