Weapons smuggler due in Cape Town court

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A convicted international weapons smuggler is due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday after his arrest on Friday in the Mother City.

Seventy five-year-old Guus Kouwenhoven had been on the run from authorities for two years.

He reportedly arrived in December last year to seek medical attention.

Kouwenhoven was tracked down to his Cape Town mansion. He is expected to apply for bail.

In April this year, Kouwenhoven was sentenced to 19 years in prison in The Hague for his involvement in war crimes during former Liberian President Charles Taylor tenure.

The court found that between 2000 and 2003, he smuggled weapons for Taylor’s regime. Kouwenhoven was sentenced in absentia because he was allegedly already in Cape Town.

Mitchell’s Plain cluster commander, General Major Jeremy Veary, says Interpol issued a warrant for his arrest.

Veary says they are opposing bail.

Kouwenhoven could be extradited to the Netherlands.