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Dutch court sentences timber trader to 8 years in prison for providing arms to Liberia in violation of UN embargo

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Author: EFE

El juzgado de primera instancia de La Haya condenó hoy al comerciante holandés Guus Kouwenhoven por tráfico de armas a Liberia entre 2000 y 2003...Los jueces estimaron que el comerciante violó el embargo de armas a Liberia vigente entre 2000 y 2003...Kouwenhoven...se ha declarado en todo momento inocente de los cargos de los que se le imputa.

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7 June 2006

LIBERIA: Dutch national faces eight year prison sentence for arms trading in Liberia

Author: UN Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN News)

A Dutch businessman begins an eight year prison sentence on Wednesday after a Dutch court found him guilty of violating a UN arms embargo on Liberia, officials said. Guus Kouwenhoven, 64, was...acquitted of other charges of war crimes in that country for lack of evidence. It is the first time a court in Europe has convicted a national for breaking a UN arms embargo. The court in The Hague found that Kouwenhoven as managing director of Liberia’s main timber firm, the Oriental Timber Company (OTC), had illegally imported weapons...despite a long-standing UN arms embargo on Liberia.

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7 June 2006

Notorious 'blood-timber' trader found guilty

Author: Greenpeace International

In a verdict that will have far reaching implications for the international timber trade, a judge in The Hague has found a former timber trader and arms dealer guilty of breaking the UN arms embargo in Liberia and sentenced him to a maximum of 8 years in prison...Between 2000 and 2003, we uncovered that European timber traders including Swiss-German Danzer, Danish DLH Nordisk, Dutch Wijma, Greece-based Shelman, German Feldmeyer-Group [Hinrich Feldmeyer] and the Italian Tecnoalp were all involved in buying timber from Kouwenhoven's two companies in Liberia.

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