The Dutch coffee shop owner Johan van Laarhoven was again sentenced to 100 years in prison. His lawyer says in conversation with NU.nl that it is now important for Van Laarhoven to serve his prison sentence in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has a treaty with Thailand that makes it possible for punished Dutch prisoners to serve their sentence in the Netherlands if a sentence can no longer change.
"That is so now. The talks about extradition to the Netherlands can take months or years, but it is important that the trial in Thailand is now complete," the lawyer said.
Van Laarhoven was given the long prison sentence for laundering drug money. His wife has been in jail for twelve years. The case has been going on since 2014. Van Laarhoven says he is innocent.
Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus traveled to the Asian country last week to talk to the Thai Prime Minister about Van Laarhoven. On Friday he expressed the hope of finding a solution.
The Dutchman has been living in Thailand since 2008. Before that, with branches in Tilburg and Den Bosch, he was one of the most successful coffee shop bosses in the southern Netherlands. In the Netherlands, there is a lawsuit against his company The Grass Company, but the case has been postponed because the OM wants to interrogate Van Laarhoven.
See also: This has happened so far in the Van Laarhoven case
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