Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-34
Charles Taylor / Guus Kouwenhoven
Liberia
President (Taylor, 1997-2003) / Head of the Oriental Timber Corporation (Kouwenhoven, 2000-2003)
Netherlands
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort
2003
Ongoing
Art.16, Art.17, Art.23
Yes
Criminal Prosecution
No
NA
Ongoing Case
Ongoing
Unspecified as to whether amounts frozen
Ongoing
N/A

"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). 

United Nations Special Court for the Sierra Leone
United Nations Special Court for the Sierra Leone
United Nations Special Court for the Sierra Leone
Unknown
Unknown
Court of Appeal; Supreme Court; District Court of the Hague