"Guus Kouwenhoven was de-listed from the travel ban and assets freeze lists by the Committee in December 2008. However, the Panel notes that in April 2010 the Supreme Court of the Netherlands overturned a 2008 ruling by the Court of Appeal which cleared businessman Guus Kouwenhoven of charges of involvement in illegal arms deals and war crimes during the civil war in Liberia from 2000 to 2003. The Court of Appeal will now have to re-examine the case and make a new judgement. The Panel recalls that Kouwenhoven was head of the Oriental Timber Corporation during the regime of President Charles Taylor." (Source: Court Press Release, April 20, 2010, accessed at http://www.rechtspraak.nl/Gerechten/HogeRaad/Actualiteiten. See also, summary of Mr. Kouwenhoven's case and court decisions at the Hague Justice Portal, accessed at http://www.haguejusticeportal.net/index.php?id=6412.)
According to the Special Court for the Sierra Leone, in September 2013, Mr. Taylor's appeal was denied. (Source: Special Court for the Sierra Leone, In the Appeals Chamber, Judgment of September 23, 2013, accessed at http://www.sc-sl.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=t14fjFP4jJ8%3D&tabid=5).
The Special Court for the Sierra Leone, Web Homepage, accessed on May 3, 2011, at http://www.sc-sl.org/; Judgment, Chamber of Appeals, September 23, 2013, accessed at http://www.sc-sl.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=t14fjFP4jJ8%3D&tabid=53; Court press release, April 20, 2010, available at http://www.rechtspraak.nl/Gerechten/ HogeRaad/Actualiteiten. See also, Global Witness, "Global Witness welcomes Dutch court decision to retry timber baron Guus Kouwenhoven for crimes committed during Liberian war," April 21, 2010, accessed at http://www.globalwitness.org/library/global-witness-welcomes-dutch-court... See also, "Guus Kouwenhoven," The Hague Justice Portal, http://www.haguejusticeportal.net/index.php?id=6412 (last accessed on July 18, 2012).