Further prosecution of Hells Angels looks unlikely
The years-long struggle of the Public Prosecutions Department to win a conviction against the Hells Angels looks set to end.AMSTERDAM - The years-long struggle of the Public Prosecutions Department to win a conviction against the Hells Angels looks set to end. An appeal court ruling on an attempt to ban the bike club's Harlingen chapter has still to be handed down.
However, Chief Public Prosecutor Bart Nieuwenhuizen, interviewed in De Telegraaf newspaper, says, if the court rules against the department, no more prosecutions will be brought against the club.
For years, the authorities have been trying to have the bike club banned because of suspected use of violence and dealing in drugs and weapons.
But, in 2007, prosecutors were forced to end a number of cases against the Hells Angels, because bugged conversations between club members and their lawyers had not been destroyed as demanded by the law.
MPs have undertaken to see whether the law should be changed to make it possible to ban the club.
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