SA to deport Dutch arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven after four years
Kouwenhoven is wanted in the Netherlands after he was given a 19-year prison sentence by a Dutch court in 2017 for smuggling weapons for Charles Taylor
SA has cancelled the visitors visa of Guus Kouwenhoven, a Dutch businessperson and convicted arms dealer, declaring him “an undesirable person”.
Kouwenhoven, who is residing in Cape Town, is wanted in the Netherlands after he was handed a 19-year prison sentence by a Dutch court in 2017 for smuggling weapons for former Liberian strongman Charles Taylor during that country’s civil war. The conviction was the result of a retrial following an earlier acquittal in 2008.
Kouwenhoven has 10 working days to appeal, the government said in a letter informing him of the decision, sent to Bloomberg.
Kouwenhoven’s case drew attention in the Netherlands because he was among the first to be prosecuted for involvement with rights abuses on another continent. He travelled to Cape Town in 2016 and has since refused to return.
Charles Taylor, who played a key role in the Liberian civil war but was convicted for crimes against humanity committed in neighbouring Sierra Leone, has been serving a 50-year sentence in a UK prison since 2012.
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