Breaking news on July 4, 2005 The Kalpoe brothers, Deepak and Satish are being released from custody. After a month of being held as suspects in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, the judge ordered the release of two of the three being held. A third youth, Joran van der Sloot will remain in custody for 60 more days.
Authorities have interrogated the three numerous times since their arrests June 9. No charges have been filed, and defense attorneys have said they are innocent. Prosecutors under the Aruban system can request extensions for holding them. Each time however they must meet a higher standard burden of proof, to hold them longer in custody. In this case the prosecution had asked the judge to hold all three over for 60 days. The judge decided only Joran van der Sloot met that higher standard.
The prosecutors could appeal Monday's ruling but have not decided whether to do so, according to a statement from the Aruba prosecutor's office. The prosecution maintains that phone conversations, text messages and computer chat records also cast suspicion on them/
Arlene Ellis-Schipper, a lawyer on the island, said the decision indicated police no longer have enough evidence against the Kalpoes to keep them in custody. She said that does not mean they are ruled out as suspects.
A judge in Aruba has ordered the immediate release of two Surinamese brothers held for nearly a month in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager. A third detainee, the 17-year-old son of a top justice official in Aruba, was ordered held for 60 more days, court officials announced.