07/11/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT
Admitting to her frustration, the mother of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway said she is sorry for any offense her comments about the Aruban justice system may have caused to those on the island.
With her 18-year-old daughter missing since May 30, Beth Holloway Twitty said she was extremely distraught when she claimed on Tuesday that two Suriname brothers who have been tied to the case were guilty and should not have been freed from jail, the Associated Press reports.
"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 said in a news conference at her Aruban attorney's office. "It was never my intention to do so."
She added that the Aruban people have been "extremely kind and generous" and that the legal system "abides by the presumption of innocence, and I want to assure everyone that I do respect the Aruban legal system." (The Dutch judicial system governs the Caribbean protectorate of the Netherlands.)
Holloway Twitty's attorney, Benvinda de Sousa, said the apology was not inspired by threats from the attorneys of the two brothers – Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18 – to sue for slander if she kept insisting their clients were guilty.
De Sousa added that his clients would remain on the island in the hopes that answers to her daughter's fate will be uncovered.