"Hell's Angels not a criminal organisation"
Public prosecution department suffers another setback in attempt to have organisation banned.
12 December 2007
LEEUWARDEN – The Hell's Angels in Harlingen is not a criminal organisation and can therefore not be banned. The appeal court in Leeuwarden decided this on Wednesday morning, dealing the public prosecution department yet another setback.
The public prosecution department has been trying to get the Hell's Angels declared a criminal organisation and thereby banned by bringing numerous court cases throughout the country.
The courts in Leeuwarden, Maastricht and Amsterdam all ruled earlier this year that the prosecution does not have enough evidence to brand the motorcycle club a criminal organisation. The prosecution department appealed this ruling in all cases.
The appeal court in Leeuwarden has now also ruled that the Hell's Angels North Coast foundation in the Frisian port town of Harlingen is not an organisation focused on committing crime. The prosecution department can still appeal the case to the Supreme Court.
The Angels say they were expecting this decision. "We weren't worried about it," said Dirk van der Zee, secretary of the Harlingen Angels. Lawyer for the club Gert Kaaij said the appeal court's decision was "a fine verdict."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news