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Dutchman Johan van Laarhoven Get’s 103 Year Sentence from Thai Court

 Johan van Laarhoven with his Thai legal council in Bangkok court

Johan van Laarhoven with his Thai legal council in Bangkok court

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BANGKOK – Johan van Laarhoven a Dutch national who founded cannabis cafes in Brabant has been jailed for 103 years by a court in Bangkok for money laundering.
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Johan van Laarhoven, 55, will have to spend 20 years in jail because the 43 sentences can be served concurrently, the court found him guilty of laundering millions of euros in cash earned via his four cafes in Den Bosch and Tilburg.

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Johan van Laarhoven being arrested in Pattaya in 2014


Van Laarhoven was arrested in Thailand in 2014 along with his Thai wife. He moved to Pattaya in 2008 after 30 years in the soft drugs trade. His wife, Tukta, has been jailed for 12 years for her role in the case.
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The arrest was made after Dutch public prosecution officials asked colleagues in Thailand for their help. They had been investigating Van Laarhoven’s company The Grass Company since 2011. As part of that investigation, officials were given the green light to sequester property and cash amounting to some €24m, much of which they believe had been invested in Thailand.
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A Dutch justice official told reporters in January they had not asked the Thai authorities to arrest Van Laarhoven and were only after information. ‘The arrest was their own decision,’ a spokesman said. Tax Van Laaren’s older brother Frans, who is also suspected of money laundering in the Netherlands, told the NRC that the Thai court has ignored evidence showing that tax was paid on every euro earned in the coffee shops.
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‘He could not be prosecuted in the Netherlands and so he has been left to Thailand,’ he said. ‘My brother feels he has been abandoned by the Dutch political system and the media.’
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According to tauthorities, at least 10 of the Netherlands’ big cannabis cafe entrepreneurs have interests in Thailand, including Henk de Vries, founder of the Bulldog chain.

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