Error could put Hell's Angels case in danger

23rd November 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – The case against 22 Hell's Angels is in danger of running aground because of an error by the public prosecution department. On Thursday it emerged that the reports from 17 tapped phone conversations in which lawyers participated have not been destroyed as stipulated by law. The court says this is a serious error.

23 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – The case against 22 Hell's Angels is in danger of running aground because of an error by the public prosecution department. On Thursday it emerged that the reports from 17 tapped phone conversations in which lawyers participated have not been destroyed as stipulated by law. The court says this is a serious error.

The Hell's Angels are on trial on suspicion of various offences, ranging from drug dealing to violence and weapon possession.

Lawyer Nico Meijering broached the topic of the tapped conversations recently during a hearing, after it had emerged that the reports of these so-called "confidant conversations" had not been destroyed, as the law requires.

The public prosecution department admitted that 17 conversation reports were not destroyed as they should have been. Meijering expressed shock on Thursday. "This is a can of worms," the lawyer said. "It is a serious infringement of the foundations of the constitutional state."

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