Boycott Watch
December 17, 2007
Aruban Prosecutor Prove Boycott Watch is Right.
Summary: The boycott against Aruba must be working otherwise Aruba would not take these actions.
    On Friday, December 7, 2007, the Associated Press reported that Aruba's chief prosecutor Hans Mos plans to drop the case of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway by the end of the year. What makes this interesting for Boycott Watch is that it corroborates our previous analysis that Aruba is taking action to minimize boycotts against them triggered by the Holloway case.

    The recent arrests of the "Aruba Three", Joran Van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, came right after the end of the Winter vacation sales season, meaning Aruba's peak tourist season packages were bought and paid for before the announcements, as not to disrupt the bread and butter of the Aruban economy. At the same time, Boycott Watch's unscientific survey of airlines and hotels reveals plenty of open seats on airlines and plenty of hotel rooms, which may mean the boycott of Aruba is still strong.

    Boycott Watch believes the timing of the recent re-arrests was choreographed by Aruba several reasons.

    First, if the boycott had not had any effect on Aruba, there would be no need to Aruba to re-arrest the "Aruba Three" claiming new evidence, only to have the judge re-release them citing no new evidence. The prosecutors must have known there is no new evidence, as they present all evidence to the court.

    Second, the only reason therefore to re-arrest the "Aruba Three" if there is no new evidence is for PR - either to show that Aruba is doing something, or to plan an exit from the case as evident by publicly setting a prosecutorial deadline.

    This directly fits into Boycott Watch's theory that Aruba's actions are completely based on preventing another boycott or minimizing the existing one because Aruba simply can not afford it.

    Corroborating this conclusion is a recent report from, (12/14/07) in which Amigoe states Aruba is expecting a massive increase in tourism revenue. However, the publication does not cite where the increase is coming from. Coincidentally, the timing of the report is close to the announcement of the planned closing of the Natalee Holloway case.

    Boycott Watch spoke with a group of police officers and lawyers who came to the consensus that although Aruba has a different legal system than the US, there is still no statute of limitations on murder and a prosecutor should never give a suspect a get-out-of-jail timeline, which is the equivalent of telling a suspect how long they will have to hide evidence. This once again points to Boycott Watch's theory that what we are seeing is Aruba taking action to specifically minimize or even end the boycott against them, as opposed to taking actions to solve the case which would by default end the boycott.

    It is therefore difficult not to conclude Aruba is closing the case to get Beth Holloway and the boycott out of the news to alleviate the pressure on Aruba's economy. This explains the Amigoe report that Aruba expects increased tourism revenue. Aruba apparently set a PR timeline; yet did not anticipate the reaction from American consumers as evident in the blogosphere. For example, "Boycott Aruba - Justice for Natalee" , reveals that consumer emotions are still running high. If anything, the recent re-arrests and re-releases have fired up the boycotters.

    Boycott Watch believes that what we are seeing is another case of a PR firm being hired which knows nothing about consumer boycotts, thus resulting in bad advice. The fact remains that Aruba really needs to solve the case and not play PR games. The Holloway family and consumers simply want the truth, no matter how much the truth may hurt.

    Aruba, its prosecutor and their PR firm simply underestimated the American public, to say the least.
UPDATE: See Fred Taub interviewed live on Your World with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel speaking about Aruba's decision to close the Natalee Holloway case on December 18, 2007:
See the previous interview of Fred Taub live on Your World with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel speaking about the Aruba boycott on November 29, 2007:

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