Dutch Cannabis Coffeeshop Owner Gets 103 Year Sentence for Spending his Money in Thailand

Dutch Cannabis Coffeeshop Owner Gets 103 Year Sentence for Spending his Money in Thailand

On November 10, 2015 Dutch businessman Johan van Laarhoven, 55, was sentenced by a court in Bangkok to 103 years in prison. His wife Mingkwan Kaen-in, 35, was sentenced to 18 years.

Image Courtesy of Justice for Johan

They were charged with money laundering and will be serving sentences concurrently, meaning Johan will spend a minimum of 20 years inside a 50 metre cage with 49 other convicts in deplorable conditions. Mingkwan (known to friends and family as Tukta), will spend a minimum of 12 years in jail.

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The Eliot Ness from Holland

The Eliot Ness from Holland

At the court in The Hague this week, the testimony of witnesses in the case of the Tilburg’s coffeeshop pioneer Johan van Laarhoven begun. According to Steven Kompier of Cannabis News Network, who attended the hearings, the most important aspect has been left out in the mainstream media.

Johan van Laarhoven, one of the first coffeeshop entrepreneurs from the Netherlands and founder of The Grass Company in Thailand, was sentenced to 103 years in prison, of which he must sit out twenty. His Thai wife Tukta got …

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Dutchman Johan van Laarhoven and Tukta, his Thai wife Innocent, in Bangkok Prison

Dutchman Johan van Laarhoven and Tukta, his Thai wife Innocent, in Bangkok Prison

BANGKOK – Dutch National Johan Van Laarhoven was arrested and sentenced to 103 years in Thai prison for money laundering.

His fortune was made from running licensed cannabis cafes in his own country, the Netherlands, and Dutch parliament members are now urging the Thai and Dutch governments to free him from jail for lack of evidence.

Dutch members of Parliament from six different parties have joined forces and are campaigning for his release.

In the 1980s Johan van Laarhoven started a coffee shop chain called ‘The Grass Company’ in …

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Cannabisliberationday 2016

Cannabisliberationday 2016

After we stuffed all of our merchandise and other items in the car we left for our first pick up point, The Grass Company spoorlaan. Some of the ladies where already waiting for us and eager to go. These ladies volunteered to help Justice for Johan and wanted to help us with collecting as many autographs possible for the petition. 

Next was our second pick up point, this was our last stop before we would start our final trip to the Flevopark in Amsterdam. At The …

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Dutch MPs fight to get Dutchman alleged money launderer out of 103-year Thai jail sentence

Dutch MPs fight to get Dutchman alleged money launderer out of 103-year Thai jail sentence

Dutch National Johan Van Laarhoven was arrested and sentenced to 103 years in prison for money laundering. His fortune was made from running licensed cannabis cafes in his own country, and Dutch parliament members are urging the Thai and Dutch governments to remove him from jail for lack of evidence.

Parliament members from six different parties have joined forces and are campaigning for his release.

The Dutchman, who owned four cannabis cafes in The Netherlands, sold them in 2011. The sale and use of cannabis and cannabis …

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The deal between van Delft and the Thai Public Prosecutor

The deal between van Delft and the Thai Public Prosecutor

The attached report you see a copy of a letter from former prosecutor Lucas van Delft to the Thai public prosecutor. It is ironic that the Dutch with permission from Foreign Affairs made a deal with a military regime make that violates human rights on a large scale.

In the letter the officer wants to show that the Thai have started their own research, however, the summary of the sentence shows that the Netherlands certainly has requested for the prosecution of Johan. Again the former officer …

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Interview with Johan by VICE

Interview with Johan by VICE

The Dutchman Sentenced to 103 Years in a Thai Prison for Money Laundering Speaks Out
By Alexandra Verwaal

This article originally appeared on VICE Netherlands.

It’s a sunny day in Bangkok. The wet season has finally made way to the dry and warm Thai winter. The city is calm, awaiting the herds of tourists who will arrive in December. It’s even quiet at the normally buzzing Erawan shrine, in the center of the city. This was where a bomb went off last August, killing more than 20 people. Since the …

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Workvisit to Vera Bergkamp in the Dutch Parliament

Workvisit to Vera Bergkamp in the Dutch Parliament

Wednesday May the 18th, two spokesmen of Justice for Johan had the honor to visit the Dutch House of Representatives. The reason for this visit was a meeting with Vera Bergkamp, member of the D66 party.

For the visiting party this obviously was a very special afternoon, because the average Dutchman won’t see the interior of the House of Representatives very often. After the employees of Justice for Johan successfully were scanned by the security services, they were escorted to the office of Ms. Bergkamp.

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Een toast op Van Laarhoven: een glaasje rode wijn voor de KLPD

Een toast op Van Laarhoven: een glaasje rode wijn voor de KLPD

“Toen Ben Olde Engberink in 2010 naar Thailand kwam werken voor de KLPD, heeft hij op kosten van de staat en belastingvrij een container vanuit Nederland naar Thailand laten komen met daarin behalve huisraad, ook maar liefst 750 flessen rode wijn.”

Meldt een van mijn talrijke Thaise correspondenten (nee, niet van de kant van Johan van Laarhoven).

Nu is het erg aantrekkelijk om een beetje roomser dan de paus te zijn, maar als het gaat om een goed glas rode wijn ben ik erg van met hand …

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