Greta Van Susteren | June 8, 2010 2:24 PM
Following up on the tip I reported her last week that John Q. Kelly was in Aruba twice in May, sources have now confirmed to me that it was John Q. Kelly, the Holloway family attorney who set up the sting operation on May 10.
Here is how it unfolded:
Sources confirm that the plan started in early April. Kelly was engaged in email traffic back and forth with Joran van der Sloot for some time prior to Easter Sunday. Kelly traveled to Aruba on or about Easter, met with van der Sloot and began to set the stage. Kelly was seeking information as to what happened to Natalee Holloway and was seeking that information for his clients, the parents of Natalee Holloway. For reasons unclear, Kelly did not get the information on Easter Sunday but returned to the United States and made contact with the FBI.
Kelly, with the FBI, and with the assistance of Aruban law enforcement, set up the sting operation for May 10. A hotel room in Aruba and a car were both equipped with videotape equipment so that the crime could be caught on tape.
The plan was to tape van der Sloot extorting money from Beth Holloway via her lawyer. Van der Sloot was given $10,000 cash (he counted it twice on tape) which is the extortion count and was wired $15,000 (wire fraud count.) The FBI has all the bank information for the bank transfer. The method of money transfer – cash and wire – was deliberate part of the plan in order to set up these two crimes.
Once the crime was committed on tape – it was – the FBI planned to make arrangements to arrest van der Sloot. The FBI arrest obviously did not happen. Kelly spent several hours being taped with van der Sloot. The FBI has the entire tape. The Aruban authorities do not have the tape.
3 days after Van der Sloot was caught on tape committing the two planned crimes, he boarded a flight from Aruba to Colombia and on to Peru. The Aruban Attorney General told me that the FBI was warned that van der Sloot was leaving the country but that the FBI did not move.
At no time after he left the country, per my sources, was Kelly told by the FBI that the FBI had “lost” van der Sloot. Instead, Kelly was – it apears – mislead by the FBI into thinking an arrest was imminent.
After the murder in Peru, the US Attorney in Alabama unsealed an Amended Criminal Complaint charging van der Sloot with extortion and wire fraud (per the original plan.) What is not known is what was Amended or when the original Criminal Complaint was filed (it was apparently under seal.) Both these pieces of information could be helpful in better understanding what happened.
What is still not fully explained – is why the FBI did not act. It appears the crime was “delivered” to them on May 10 and in the best possible manner: on tape.
More to come.