Hells Angels in court over triple murder
6 September 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Thirteen Hells Angels gang members appeared in Amsterdam Court on Monday charged in connection with the murder of three "brothers" in February. The deaths were allegedly connected with a botched cocaine deal.
6 September 2004
AMSTERDAM — Thirteen Hells Angels gang members appeared in Amsterdam Court on Monday charged in connection with the murder of three "brothers" in February. The deaths were allegedly connected with a botched cocaine deal.
About 20 gang members dressed in the customary leather jackets attended the start of the proceedings. The preliminary hearing is being held in the heavily secured Amsterdam-Osdorp Court and is expected to run to Tuesday.
The suspects are members of the Hells Angels chapter the Nomads. Three Nomads members — including the 54-year-old president — were found shot dead in a stream near the southern Dutch town of Echt mid-February.
The male suspects have either denied involvement or refused to give police statements. Dutch justice authorities alleged it was a joint club decision to kill the three victims.
Shortly before the arrest of the two main suspects in March, police made a deal with a gang member who co-operated in a staged kidnapping, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported on Monday.
The gang member is reportedly Angelo Diaz, a member of a Curacao-based Hells Angels chapter. The island of Curacao is part of the Netherlands Antilles.
The two days of court sittings are only preliminary hearings. The trial itself will start at a later date. The arrest of the 13 gang members effectively split the Oirsbeek-based Nomads, which had just 18 members.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news