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
2017 - A decisive year
Dutch Court of Appeal reopens after years of research and preparations (in
's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands).
What happened earlier?
See my blog:
May 7, 2017
Convicted war criminal Guus Kouwenhoven on the run!
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 -
Guus Kouwenhoven still faces a travel ban
Guus Kouwenhoven acquitted - comments
Dutch Court of Appeal finds insufficient
evidence to convict conflict timber trader Guus Kouwenhoven
March 11, 2008 (summary
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.
The Role Of Liberia's Logging Industry on National And Regional
Guus Kouwenhoven's involvement in Liberian Logging
Companies: the Oriental Timber Company (OTC) and the Royal Timber
"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
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."
Witness, May 2001)
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