Published January 13, 2015
This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," November 3, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Tonight, Natalee Holloway's (search) mother just left Aruba, but a blistering letter she and Natalee's father and their spouses delivered yesterday is creating major controversy on the island.
Joining us live on the phone from Aruba is the Twitty family attorney, Helen Lejuez. Welcome, Helen.
HELEN LEJUEZ, TWITTY FAMILY ATTORNEY: Thank you.
VAN SUSTEREN: Helen, what's the reaction? Since you're the lawyer for Beth Holloway Twitty (search), how is this letter that was sent by Beth, Dave, and the two spouses of both of them to the Aruban attorney general — how is it being received?
LEJUEZ: Well, it was well received by the Aruba hotel and tourism authorities. They heard a few facts that they had not heard before. They are very willing to cooperate and see what more can be done to get a solution to this case.
VAN SUSTEREN: Now, the letter calls for the attorney general to get rid of the present investigative staff, including the chief prosecutor. Do you know how they reacted to that call?
LEJUEZ: Not yet. I don't know that yet.
VAN SUSTEREN: Do you expect that there's going to be — that this letter is going to have any impact?
LEJUEZ: I do expect that. And I would like to see it from this view that they put new persons in, not because the other were not competent but because the others may have not looked at some evidence that when you — that into an investigation, sometimes you don't see it anymore. And that's the way I want to see it, that — the fresh look at the whole case.
VAN SUSTEREN: What's your view of this letter?
LEJUEZ: Beg your pardon?
VAN SUSTEREN: What is your view of sending this letter to the Aruban attorney general?
LEJUEZ: I did not hear that. Excuse me.
VAN SUSTEREN: What is your view of the four — the parents and stepparents sending this letter?
LEJUEZ: I think they want answers. They want results. And by not getting it — you know, the investigation is still there, and they are not giving out too much information. The parents are upset. I can understand that. They need and want answers. They see things not being solved according to their expectations. And of course, they want to move things. And from what I can see, that according to the parents, there was evidence — mind you, I was not on the case at the beginning — and maybe this evidence has not been looked at.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Today you went with your client, Beth Holloway, to the police station and she was asked to answer a lot of questions, is that right?
LEJUEZ: That's right.
VAN SUSTEREN: One of the questions that she was asked to answer by the police was how the family paid for certain things, like hotel, transportation, in terms of their search, is that right?
LEJUEZ: That's right.
VAN SUSTEREN: Why do you think that she was asked that question?
LEJUEZ: Because in the beginning, there was — a few things were paid, and they — we don't know where the money came from. And even Mrs. Twitty at that moment could not remember. So I requested her to go back into her files and check that out, how things were done. That is to clarify to our authorities how that happened, to make clear that there were no mistakes made on this part, on the other part.
VAN SUSTEREN: Here's what I don't get. This is supposed to be an investigation looking for Natalee. The series of questions that were posed to Beth Holloway Twitty today at the police station were how she may have spent money. Are they now trying to investigate her?
LEJUEZ: Not really. I did not get that impression. The impression I got, that there might be money involved in this case. Who had that money involved? And I cannot give more information at this time because I do not want to spoil this part of the investigation, but there might have been other forces besides the three boys. There might be something more to look at. That is the impression I got during the investigation. Remember, I have been part of investigation teams before, have been a prosecutor myself.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Here are some other questions. She was asked if she, Beth Holloway Twitty, has a business in Venezuela (search), in Colombia (search), and she was also asked about a trust fund that was put in place for Natalee, the money that was put into it, and who paid for Equusearch (search).
LEJUEZ: That is correct. Venezuela and Colombia, that's because if you have enemies and you have — because there have been rumors. So if you have business with these kind of countries, you might have — you might have enemies and they might have done something to Natalee because they were enemies of the family. That is why Venezuela and Colombia came into the picture or something may have happened to Natalee with regard to that.
With regard to the Natalee fund and who paid for some things, that's correct. I would say it's not of our business, anything what happens with the funds. But then on the other side, they want to exclude every possibility that something might go wrong. They really didn't go too deep in that. They asked questions, and I believe Mr. Twitty answered them very correctly.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. One last question to you. I've actually talked to Beth Holloway. She switched planes tonight as she was headed back to the United States. And what she told me was that she wanted to talk to the chief deputy, Dompig, but that first that they required her to answer questions, and that once she answered these questions, if they were satisfied with her answers, then she would have a chance to talk to the chief deputy at some point. Is that your understanding?
LEJUEZ: My understanding is that they would not talk to Mrs. Twitty unless she would answer questions. These questions were related to the investigation. I believe myself that maybe some feelings have been hurt, you know, from this side. And I prefer to look at it, we need harmony. We need peace. We need to solve this. That is what Aruba has to do, and that is what I stand for. Get a resolution in this case.
VAN SUSTEREN: Helen, thank you very much.
LEJUEZ: You're welcome.
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