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Aruba to seek Md. man’s extradition in missing tourist case

ORANJESTAD, Aruba — A U.S. businessman jailed in Aruba is due to be released within hours but the prosecutor’s office says his freedom might not last very long.

Solicitor General Taco Stein says Aruban authorities will immediately seek the extradition of Gary Giordano if an appeal’s court rules in the prosecution’s favor and extends his pretrial detention. Earlier, prosecutors said they might wait to gather more evidence before seeking extradition.

The appeal ruling is expected Wednesday.

A judge ruled last week that prosecutors lacked enough evidence to keep holding Giordano as a suspect in the disappearance and presumed death of his travel companion, Robyn Gardner in August. Giordano denies wrongdoing. Stein spoke Tuesday, hours before the American’s scheduled release.