The bail application of convicted international weapons smuggler, Guus Kouwenhoven is on Wednesday set to continue in the Cape Town Magistrate’s court.
The 75-year-old Dutch national was arrested in Cape Town last week after being on the run from authorities for two years.
In April this year he was convicted and sentenced in absentia to 19 years in prison for his involvement in war crimes of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.
The court found that he had smuggled weapons for Taylor’s regime.
Defence attorney, Gary Eisenberg says there is a pending appeal that was lodged early December. He says this may have triggered the sudden scramble to arrest him on a provisional request.
“His health is very poor. You saw him slumping in the dock. He missed his time to take his medication. He has fibrosis of the lungs, his health is not in good at all,” adds Eisenberg.