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Mother of missing teen apologizes to Arubans

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — The mother of a missing Alabama teenager apologized Friday for any offense her remarks about the justice system here may have caused to Arubans.

Beth Holloway Twitty said she had been extremely distraught with the scarcity of clues to her daughter's fate when she contended Tuesday that two brothers who have been tied to the case were guilty and should not have been freed from jail.

Her remarks were widely criticized as an unfair attack on the Dutch judicial system that governs this Caribbean protectorate of the Netherlands.

"I would like to apologize to the Aruban people and to the Aruban authorities if I or my family have offended you in any way," Holloway Twitty told a news conference at her Aruban attorney's office.

"It was never my intention to do so," she said, adding that the Aruban people have been "extremely kind and generous."

She said she realizes the legal system here "abides by the presumption of innocence, and I want to assure everyone that I do respect the Aruban legal system."

Holloway Twitty seemed much more composed than she did Tuesday when she was fighting back tears as she accused the brothers of complicity in her 18-year-old daughter's disappearance and urged other countries not to give them refuge. The brothers are from the South American country of Suriname.

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