Long jail term demanded for arms dealer

12th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch public prosecutor Monday demanded a 20-year prison term for Guus Kouwenhoven, a former arms dealer suspected of illegal weapons activities in Liberia.

12 February 2008

AMSTERDAM - The Dutch public prosecutor Monday demanded a 20-year prison term for Guus Kouwenhoven, a former arms dealer suspected of illegal weapons activities in Liberia.

Speaking before the court in The Hague, the public prosecutor said Kouwenhoven committed several war crimes and also violated arm trade prohibitions.

In addition to the jail term, the prosecutor demanded that Kouwenhoven pay a EUR 450,000 fine.

Dutch businessman Kouwenhoven is suspected of providing weapons between 2000 and 2003 to former Liberian president Charles Taylor during the Liberian civil war.

Taylor is standing trial on accounts of war crimes himself in the Special Court for Sierra Leone that is also located in The Hague.

Last week the former Liberian leader was called as a witness in the trial against Kouwenhoven.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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