- - Monday, June 4, 2012

LIMA — The Supreme Court has approved the extradition of a convicted murderer wanted in the United States in the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway seven years ago.

Joran van der Sloot’s attorney said Monday that the high court said he can be turned over to U.S. authorities after he serves his 28-year prison sentence in the South American nation.

Peru’s justice minister and Cabinet must endorse Friday’s decision before it is final, attorney Maximo Altez said.

Van der Sloot faces extortion charges in Alabama in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Holloway in Aruba exactly five years before he killed a Peruvian college student in Lima.

The Dutchman remains the prime suspect in Holloway’s disappearance, and the U.S. charges stem from his alleged acceptance of $25,000 in early 2010 in exchange for an unfulfilled promise to lead her mother’s lawyer to the body.


Porn actor suspected in killing of his male lover arrested

TORONTO — A 29-year-old gay porn actor accused of killing his male lover and mailing his body parts to the country’s top political parties has been arrested in Germany, a Canadian official said Monday.

The official confirmed Luka Rocco Magnotta was apprehended Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to announce the arrest.

Martin Steltner, a spokesman for the Berlin prosecutors office, told the Associated Press that a man wanted on an international arrest warrant was apprehended in an Internet cafe in Berlin, but he could not confirm the man’s identity.

Mr. Magnotta is wanted by Canadian authorities on first-degree murder and other charges. He is suspected of killing Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student at Montreal’s Concordia University, in late May and then mailing his body parts to Canadian political parties.

Bear suspected of eating released murderer

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia — Conservation officers have euthanized a black bear that they think ate the remains of a released killer.

British Columbia Environment Minister Terry Lake said Monday that the bear’s description matched one seen guarding a cache that contained human remains.

Mr. Lake says the animal was put down because bears remember food sources.

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