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New appeal for Gaithersburg man held in Aruba

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Aruban lawyer for a Gaithersburg man detained for more than two months in the disappearance and presumed death of his travel companion has filed an appeal for the man's release.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Michael Lopez asked that the court free his client, Gary Giordano, pending any future trial. The appeal was filed Monday. No date has been set for the appeal hearing.

Mr. Giordano, 50, has been held in custody on the Dutch Caribbean island since Aug. 5 for suspected involvement in the disappearance of 35-year-old Robyn Gardner, of Frederick, Md. The two traveled together to Aruba on July 31.

On Aug. 2, Mr. Giordano reported Ms. Gardner missing, claiming she was swept out to sea while the two were snorkeling. Although authorities brought in cadaver dogs to search for Ms. Gardner this month, her body has not been found.

A judge rejected a previous appeal in Mr. Giordano's case, which sought to overturn a 60-day detention. The detention order will expire at the end of this month, at which point prosecutors are expected to either bring charges against Mr. Giordano or seek to extend the detention order.

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