Court fails to ban Hells Angels

11th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – An Amsterdam court refused to ban the city's chapter of the Hell's Angels today. The justice department is seeking to ban all six chapters of the motorcycle club, which it claims is a criminal organisation.

11 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – An Amsterdam court refused to ban the city's chapter of the Hell's Angels today. The justice department is seeking to ban all six chapters of the motorcycle club, which it claims is a criminal organisation.

Public prosecutor Gert Oldekamp says that the individual members of the Angels regularly engage in criminal conduct on a large scale. The members are not only involved in weapons and drug trade but also in violence and violent threats.

The court ruled on Wednesday however that the prosecution "had not demonstrated that the chapters were involved in criminal activities."

President Unu of the Amsterdam chapter of the Hell's Angels was "very pleased" with the ruling. "We trust in the constitutional state. The court did not let itself be swayed by the attempts by the prosecution department and the media to rouse public sentiment."

At the beginning of March the court in Leeuwarden failed to ban the Harlingen chapter of the Hell's Angels. The public prosecution department has appealed that decision.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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