Sidney Smeets

Police officer holding a cannabis plant
Jun 28 '18 10:01

The Public Prosecutor calculated that Noord-Brabant coffeeshop chain The Grass Company's illegal turnover amounted to over 20 million euros. The Prosecutor wants the company to pay that entire amount back, the company's lawyer Sidney Smeets confirmed to ANP after reports in Brabants Dagblad. 

The Public Prosecutor confirmed that a confiscation procedure has been initiated, but would not say anything about the amount involved, according to the news wire. 

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Apr 9 '18 16:40

Four teenage boys were sentenced to between 80 and 160 hours of community service for assaulting a gay couple in Arnhem last year. On Monday the court in Arnhem ruled that it can not be proven that the teenagers attacked the couple with a homophobic motive, NU.nl reports.

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Dec 19 '17 16:20

The police acknowledged that they were too quick to conclude that an earlier this year was due to homophobia. "Our reporting should have been different", the Gelderland police said in a press release on Tuesday, NOS reports.

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Jul 4 '17 16:10

The Dutch Public Prosecutor is prosecuting four executives of coffeeshop chain The Grass Company for fraud, money laundering and participation in a criminal organization.

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Sep 13 '16 14:30

The authorities in Thailand launched the investigation into former coffeeshop owner Johan van Laarhoven from Tilburg at the request of the Dutch authorities, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice acknowledged in a letter sent to parliament, Omroep Brabant reports.

The Minister was responding to questions from concerned parliamentarians, demanding to know exactly how Van Laarhoven came to be prosecuted. They also want to know whether Van der Steur can help bring Van Laarhoven back to the Netherlands.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Nov 19 '15 10:10

Johan van Laarhoven, former owner of coffee shop The Grass Company, is filing an appeal against his money laundering conviction in Thailand. The Thai court sentenced the Dutchman to 103 years in prison last week. He has to serve 20 of those years.

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Nov 10 '15 07:46

Dutchman Johan van Laarhoven has been sentenced to 103 years in prison by a Thai court for laundering money he earned with the trade in soft drugs. According to his lawyer, Sidney Smeets, he has to serve 20 of those years.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Jun 10 '15 11:53

The process against Dutch coffee shop owner Johan van Laarhoven started in the court in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. He stands accused of laundering 20 million euros.

Feb 3 '15 10:10

The European Court of Human Rights rejected a complaint by pedophile advocacy association Martijn against the ban Dutch courts imposed on the group last year. The organization will remain prohibited, and the court will not hear the case, reported ANP.

Jul 23 '14 14:19

Banned pedophile party Martijn is going to the European Court to get the ban lifted. The Supreme Court in The Netherlands dismantled the association earlier this year.

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