All Dutch Hells Angels under investigation
1 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The national prosecution department is investigating every Hells Angels chapter in the Netherlands on suspicion the bikers' club is a cover for a criminal organisation.
1 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — The national prosecution department is investigating every Hells Angels chapter in the Netherlands on suspicion the bikers' club is a cover for a criminal organisation.
A prosecution spokesman said the investigation has been going for several months, but he refused to reveal the present state of inquires. Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen was informed about the investigation on Thursday.
Amsterdam City Council announced soon afterwards that it had broken off all contact with the Angels. Mayor Cohen said he was "exceptionally concerned" about reports in the media about the club and the criminal investigation.
The council had been negotiating with the Angels about the relocation of its clubhouse on the Wenckebachweg near Amstel train station. The council wants to redevelop the area around the clubhouse, Dutch public news service NOS reported.
Cohen also said previous toleration of free places such as the Angels clubhouse, Angel Place, was undesirable. He wishes to discuss the matter with the Dutch Cabinet.
The mayor raised concern about the recent expulsion of Amsterdam club president "Big Willem" van Boxtel based on allegations he admitted accepting a EUR 1 million contract to kill top criminal Willem Holleeder.
The contract was allegedly offered by property tycoon Willem Endstra, the alleged "banker of the underworld" before he was murdered in Amsterdam in May.
Van Boxtel was arrested with two other suspects, but has since been released due to a lack of evidence. The prosecution has lodged an appeal against the decision.
Also, 12 members of the Hells Angels chapter the Nomads in Limburg are presently being detained on suspicion of murdering three "brothers" over a botched cocaine deal.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news