Joran van der Sloot's Attorney Defends Client

This is a rush transcript from "The Big Story With John Gibson and Heather Nauert," November 21, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

JOHN GIBSON, HOST: Breaking news obviously, the three prime suspects in the Natalee Holloway case have been rearrested. The release from authorities say not only new evidence, but incriminating new evidence has come forward in some way to warrant this re-arrest.

This has now been since May 30, 2005. Joe Tacopina is a lawyer for Joran van der Sloot. He is with us now on the phone. So Joe, what do you know about the incriminating new evidence that has your client being rearrested and about to be extradited back to Aruba?

JOE TACOPINA, LAWYER (on camera): I don't know anything about any new evidence. I just listened to Greta and a lot of what she said is absolutely incorrect. She you know - let's not get too excited and embrace the fact that there's an arrest in this case.

People gas up their cars here, and it is something that is frustrating that we are going through this again, but if there is new evidence that is persuasive evidence, then we will see what it is.

But that being said, what I've heard, John, in my limited ability to get information at this point, is that there is new evidence against the Kalpoe brothers. They have not detailed that there is any new evidence against Joran or anyone associated with Joran.

But yet he is back in custody again. There is a court date for the Kalpoes on Friday. There is none yet for Joran. So I don't know what this means. I'm also hesitant to jump to any conclusions but it is a tad frustrating, because like Greta said, there is absolutely no evidence that Joran was involved in this crime. There was a crime. There is a crime. Let's see what they have.

JAMIE COLBY, GUEST HOST: Joe, this is Jamie and there is one difference here and we all learned that Aruban justice is a little different than the justice we have in the United States, at least the process.

In the past, the arrests were to gather information, they were for questioning. This is the first time that the prosecutor has issued a statement in connection with these arrests including your client, that says it's on suspicion of involvement in a manslaughter. What is your take on that?

TACOPINA: Well, it is actually not the first time the prosecutor has said anything like that. I mean, you had this investigation sorted out with the police blaming.

COLBY: But different, that was statements by the police chief who had his own suspicions. This is an official note that went out over the "Associated Press" wires. It's now been confirmed. They're arrested and they're going to court on these potential charges.

TACOPINA: Well, I understand, but what I'm saying is that we've had prosecutors in this case — the first prosecutor who resigned, made all sorts of conclusory statements, statements of confidence regarding the guilt of both Joran and the Kalpoe brothers. And that went absolutely nowhere. It is a very different system than ours. People need to remember that.

When you're arrested in the United States, for the most part, there is some compelling evidence at least to give you probable cause to be arrested. That is not always the case in the Netherlands.

COLBY: But it certainly might be here if there is incriminating evidence. Let me just ask you, have you talked to your client? Do you plan on attending this hearing on Friday?

TACOPINA: No, I have not talked to him. I have been in touch with the family, obviously. He's a little detained right now, so we haven't been able to chat, but we will. And if we're needed Friday, we'll be there. Right now the appearance is scheduled just for the Kalpoes on Friday.

COLBY: And just confirm for me Joe, if you can - I know your time is limited, you're busy at the moment, no doubt about it. You said that the charges could potentially just be for the Kalpoe brothers. Are you saying that Joran has turned state's evidence of given information against these other two that were looked at and that we're going to get an answer in this case as to what happened to Natalee?

TACOPINA: There is no answers in this case as to what happened to Natalee. Joran has no information to provide the state. Joran has been dragged through the mud several times in this case, and we'll see. I mean, we will see what this new persuasive evidence is.

I'm more than skeptical about it, because we did a complete and thorough investigation with a team of people and the lead investigator my partner, we went down there and spent a lot of time in Aruba.

I'm confident that this investigation was complete. And there's no evidence of Jordan's involvement. I believe him. He passed a polygraph and I continue to believe him, but we'll see. We'll see how this unfolds and we'll see what this persuasive new evidence is and just go through it again, and it's hard, you know, to answer these questions without having any information as to what they're claiming, but, you know, I'm just sort of in the field stages of a long ballgame.

GIBSON: Joe Tacopina, Joran van der Sloot's lawyer, thanks very much.

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