Yesterday afternoon the appeals court in The Hague ruled that the Dutch businessman Frans van Anraat must pay the Dutch State a sum of Euro 540,000.- in illegally obtained profits. The court finds it proven that Van Anraat earned this money by supplying Saddam Hussein with raw materials (chemicals) for poison gas in the 1980’s.
Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld is representing a group of 17 victims of the poison gas attacks in Iraq before the Dutch courts. The victims want Van Anraat to pay them each a sum of Euro 25,000.- for the injuries they suffered as a result of the poison gas attacks. The victims hope that in light of this conviction, the Public Prosecution Service will continue its search for the money that Van Anraat made with the deliveries, and that they can ultimately be paid.