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Source: Prosecutor seeks arrest in Holloway case

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  • Judge expected to rule on the request as soon as Saturday, source says
  • Source: Joran van der Sloot would be brought back to Aruba if judge approves
  • Prosecutors announce they are reopening Holloway case, AP reports
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(CNN) -- Aruba's chief public prosecutor has requested that a suspect in the Natalee Holloway case be arrested for a third time based on new evidence, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.

Joran van der Sloot in November, awaiting transfer from the Netherlands to Aruba. He was later released.

Hans Mos expects to hear a ruling from a judge as soon as Saturday or Sunday on the request regarding Joran van der Sloot, the source said.

If the judge rules in favor of the request, van der Sloot -- who is attending college in the Netherlands -- would be brought back to Aruba for further questioning and investigation, the source said.

There was no request for the rearrest of brothers Satish and Deepak Kalpoe, who had previously been named as suspects in the investigation. Video Watch a report on the latest developments »

Holloway, 18, disappeared in 2005 while visiting Aruba with about 100 classmates celebrating their graduation from Mountain Brook High School in suburban Birmingham, Alabama.

She was last seen leaving the nightclub with van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers. She failed to show up for her flight home the following day, and her packed bags were found in her hotel room.

Earlier Friday, Mos' office announced prosecutors were reopening their probe into Holloway's vanishing after seeing tapes recorded by Dutch journalist Peter R. de Vries, The Associated Press reported."The recordings made available to the Public Prosecutor have given the Public Prosecutor a reason to reopen the investigation," the office said, according to the AP.

Mos' office said Thursday it had "intensified" its investigation of the Holloway case because of the information from de Vries.

For his part, de Vries was promoting what he called "the most revealing report I've ever made," according to a translation of the video, posted on the Web site YouTube.

De Vries said that in an undercover camera operation, "we've found what became of Natalee and who's responsible." The report is scheduled to be broadcast Sunday on Dutch television.

But van der Sloot -- in a telephone interview from Holland -- told the Dutch television show "Pauw and Witteman" on Friday that he lied when he said he was involved in Holloway's disappearance, said one of his attorneys, Joe Tacopina.

"Joran maintains his innocence," Tacopina told CNN.

Mos' office said information provided by de Vries "may shed a new light on the mode of which Natalee Holloway has died and the method by which her body disappeared."

Tacopina, however, derided Mos' office for "issuing press releases that say nothing."

"We have been down this road before, where they say they have new evidence ... but claim they won't go into details [and] then it turns out they have nothing," he said.

De Vries last month interviewed van der Sloot on Dutch public broadcaster NPS.

After the interview, van der Sloot threw wine in the reporter's face. De Vries told the syndicated news program "Inside Edition" that the youth and his mother later apologized. Video Watch as van der Sloot tosses the drink at the journalist »

Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were arrested and released in the case in 2005. They were re-arrested last November, with authorities citing new and incriminating evidence against them. See how the case has developed »

However, judges ruled the new evidence was not enough to keep the suspects behind bars.

In freeing the Kalpoes from jail November 30, judges from Aruba's Court of Appeal wrote that there was no evidence Holloway died as a result of a violent crime against her or that the suspects were involved in such a crime. Using similar reasoning, a judge released van der Sloot a week later.


After their release, Mos said he would not prosecute them. Under Aruban law, that meant the three could not legally be considered suspects, but Mos said in December that they remained persons of interest.

All three have maintained their innocence in Holloway's disappearance. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's Tracy Sabo contributed to this report.

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