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South African Group Wants Convicted Dutch Arms Dealer Expelled

  • Litigation center files application to cancel Dutchman’s visa
  • Guus Kouwenhoven has been found guilty of crimes in Liberia
Guus Kouwenhoven walks out of the Magistrate's Court in Cape Town in 2018. 

Guus Kouwenhoven walks out of the Magistrate's Court in Cape Town in 2018. 

Photographer: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

The Southern African Litigation Centre asked a court to cancel the South African residence permit of a Dutch businessman and convicted arms trafficker who’s being sought by authorities in the Netherlands.

Guus Kouwenhoven, 77, 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.