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Missing teen's mother asks denial of asylum

Fears brothers will leave Aruba

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The mother of a US teen who disappeared in Aruba made a tearful plea yesterday for countries to deny asylum to two brothers she accused of a violent crime against her daughter after a court released them from jail.

An Aruban court on Monday released the two Surinamese brothers who had been held since June 9 along with the 17-year-old son of a high-ranking justice official in Aruba. The three were the last people seen with 18-year-old Natalee Holloway the night of May 30, when she disappeared near the end of a vacation with classmates for their high school graduation.

''Two suspects were released yesterday who were involved in a violent crime against my daughter," Beth Holloway Twitty said at a news conference, her voice cracking with emotion.

''The criminals will not only be allowed to walk freely among the tourists and citizens of Aruba, but there are no limits as to where they may go," she said. ''I am asking all nations not to offer them a safe haven."

Holloway Twitty made an urgent plea to the Aruban government not to let the brothers leave and to inform the State Department if they try to flee the island.

A judge on Monday ordered the release of Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, saying there was not sufficient evidence to continue holding them. They have insisted they are not guilty.

Under Dutch law that governs Aruba, a protectorate of the Netherlands, detainees may be held 116 days before being charged by a judge. The standard of evidence required for further detention increases with each court hearing.

Joran van der Sloot, the 17-year-old son of a top justice official in Aruba, is still in custody, though he has not been formally charged. Van der Sloot has admitted to being alone with Holloway the night she disappeared, and the judge on Monday ordered him held for an additional 60 days.

Van der Sloot's mother, Anita, said her son told her he was alone with Holloway on a beach but did not harm her. One of his lawyers, Antonio Carlo, said Monday that his client ''maintains his innocence."

Holloway, of Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared in the early hours of May 30, hours before she was to catch a flight home after a five-day vacation with 124 other students.

Searches by Dutch marines, Aruban investigators, and volunteer groups have failed to turn up any trace of the young woman.

The Dutch government said yesterday that it sent three F-16 jets to the island of Curacao, where they plan to photograph the ocean starting today in hopes of finding some trace of Holloway.

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