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Guus Kouwenhoven



Note: His name is often erroneously spelled as Gus Kouwenhoven, Gus van Kouwenhoven, Guus van Kouwenhoven. In the official Dutch court documents he is mentioned as Guus K., hence his real name is Guus Kouwenhoven.

2017 - A decisive year

February 6: Dutch Court of Appeal reopens after years of research and preparations (in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands).

What happened earlier?
See my blog: Liberian Perspectives


May 7, 2017
Convicted war criminal Guus Kouwenhoven on the run!
Liberian Perspectives May 7, 2017

April 21, 2017:
Guus Kouwenhoven found guilty

Corporate accountability: Dutch court convicts former "Timber baron" of war crimes in Liberia
A specialized account and analysis - by Dieneke de Vos - April 24, 2017

Dutch arms trafficker to Liberia given war crimes conviction:
Guus Kouwenhoven convicted of selling weapons to ex-president Charles Taylor during wars that involved mass atrocities
The Guardian - April 22, 2017

Timber baron sentenced to 19 years for war crimes:
Dutch Court makes legal history by sentencing timber baron Guus Kouwenhoven to 19 years for war crimes and arms smuggling during Liberian civil war
Global Witness - April 21, 2017

February 8, 2017:
Reopening of Kouwenhoven Trial

Reopening of Kouwenhoven trial in the Netherlands
February 8, 2017


Guus Kouwenhoven on trial again - April 20, 2010

Guus Kouwenhoven still faces a travel ban
March 20, 2008

Guus Kouwenhoven acquitted - comments
March 10, 2008

Dutch Court of Appeal finds insufficient evidence to convict conflict timber trader Guus Kouwenhoven
March 11, 2008 (summary only)
All Africa

Dutch prosecutors have called for a 20-year prison sentence on appeal for a timber trader convicted of selling arms to Liberia’s former president Charles Taylor.

Timber trader Guus Kouwenhoven was already convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison by a lower court. On appeal the prosecution is trying to get a higher sentence and a conviction for war crimes.
Februari 12, 2007
Times (sorry, unfortunately no longer available)

Guus Kouwenhoven found guilty of arms trading in Liberia.The Dutch businessman faces eight year in prison after a Dutch court found him guilty of violating a UN arms embargo on Liberia. He was acquitted of charges of war crimes for lack of evidence.
June 7, 2006

Dutchman on trial in Netherlands for West African war crimes. (...) The verdict on Kouwenhoven is expected in June.
May 04, 2006

Guus van Kouwenhoven, a Dutch citizen, was arrested in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on March 18, 2005 and is being prosecuted for committing war crimes against Liberians and violating a U.N. arms embargo.
Source Watch



The Role Of Liberia's Logging Industry on National And Regional Insecurity

Guus Kouwenhoven's involvement in Liberian Logging Companies: the Oriental Timber Company (OTC) and the Royal Timber Corporation (RTC)

"Gus Kouwenhoven, chairman of the OTC, is also affiliated with other concession companies such as the Royal Timber Corporation (RTC), where he acts as Managing Director. It is probable that timber logged by RTC has several 'aliases' in order to obscure actual origin, production and export.

The illicit trade that Gus Kouwenhoven is involved in through the OTC is referred to in the Sierra Leone Expert Panel Report . His involvement means that it is highly likely that RTC is involved in regional insecurity, financing President Charles Taylor and aiding in the shipment of arms to the RUF in the same way as OTC. A Global Witness investigation to France in late March found an abundance of RTC logs. However, given the possibility of RTC assumed names, the likelihood is that French imports of timber logged by RTC is greater that it appeared. One importer admitted to doing business with RTC while another importer, with several RTC logs in his holding area denied knowledge of both RTC and Gus Kouwenhoven.

RTC's concessions in Lofa County are in areas close to and indeed directly affected by the Guinea conflict. Any logging operations in this area require significant armed protection and, by default, this means only those companies closely connected to Gus Kouwenhoven and allied to Taylor can operate here."
(Global Witness, May 2001)

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