Johan van Laarhoven rushed to the hospital in Thai gevangenisziekenhuis

Johan van Laarhoven rushed to the hospital in Thai gevangenisziekenhuis

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The Tilburg oud-coffeeshophouder Johan van Laarhoven, who in Thailand has been sentenced for money laundering, was on Wednesday rushed to the hospital in a Thai gevangenisziekenhuis. Him what exactly is wrong is not clear but his Dutch lawyer Sidney Smeets are worried, let him know.

Van Laarhoven (56) is already three years under appalling conditions in Thailand and his health has since then been further deteriorated.

His Dutch lawyers by the Thai lawyer informed of the hospitalization. In the gevangenisziekenhuis are the circumstances, according to Smeets, not better. “The staff is not qualified, it is unhygienic and there is no adequate medical care,” he says.

Van Laarhoven is the founder of the Brabant coffeeshopketen The Grass Company. On the basis of information from the Dutch police he was in 2014 in Thailand and held for laundering of the money that in the Netherlands, he earned with the sale of soft drugs. On appeal he was sentenced to 75 years in prison. Twenty of them, he must sit out.


Van Laarhoven wants his sentence in the Netherlands serving and he comes next year for eligible. Smeets let you know that in Thailand, the preparations are completed for delivery to arrange.

In the Netherlands Van Laarhoven also are accused of because The Grass Company and the data subjects according to the Public Prosecutor, a criminal organization that is guilty of money laundering, fraud, tax evasion and forgery.

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