From 1999 until 2003, Guus K. was an international businessman with major interests in logging companies in Liberia. His business interests were entangled with the political, financial and private interests of (the regime of) Charles Taylor, then President of Liberia. K. used the logging companies to import, store and distribute shipments of weapons in Liberia. These weapons were used by Taylor in an armed conflict with rebels, in which during several years defenceless civilians became victims.
Until today, K. has always denied the facts and has not provided any clarity about his motives. He does not seem to have acted for political or ideological reasons, but for profit. He did not want to lose his income from the logging companies and his investments in Liberia.