DATELINE: LIMA, Peru – A judge has set a hearing for May 8 for the U.S. request to extradite JORAN VAN DER SLOOT on an extortion rap in connection with the disappearance of NATALIE HOLLOWAY.

The judge said that after the hearing Joran’s fate will be decided by Peru's Supreme Court, then to the council of ministers.

Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence in Peru for killing Stephany Flores, 21, who he picked up in a Lima casino. He confessed to killing Flores on the anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance.

Reportedly, Joran was gambling with $ 25,000 in funds allegedly received from Beth Holloway Twitty, the missing teen’s mom, in exchange for information on where to find Natalie’s remains after she disappeared in 2005 during an Aruba vacation.

Joran has long been considered the “prime suspect” in the case.

Joran’s attorney Maximo Altez said the U.S. extradition request "is in the process of being evaluated" by Peruvian authorities.

Altez also revealed the Dutch thug, 24, fears extradition because American prisons have a rep for being "very hard" on certain inmates.