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Court Blocks Student's Pre-Trial Arrest in Holloway Disappearance

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Judges have rejected an attempt to re-arrest a Dutch college student in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

Prosecutor Dop Kruimel told The Associated Press that an appeals court ruled that authorities do not have enough new evidence to arrest Joran van der Sloot for a third time.

Aruban prosecutors has asked to re-arrest Van der Sloot based on the hidden-camera recordings made by a Dutch TV crime show.

It showed Van der Sloot saying he was with the Alabama teenager when she died on the Dutch Caribbean island and that he had a friend dump her body at sea.

But the prosecutor said the three-judge panel decided his statements in the recording conflicted with some of his previous statements to investigators and other evidence in the case.

Hollway's family has ties to Region 8.  Her father, Dave Holloway, graduated from Westside High School near Jonesboro.  Several other family members live in Craighead County.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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