Prosecution in dramatic bid to ban Hells Angels
8 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch public prosecution is moving to ban the motorcycle club Hells Angels.
8 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — The Dutch public prosecution is moving to ban the motorcycle club Hells Angels.
The prosecution has filed petitions with six courts requesting the dismantling of all seven Hells Angels chapters.
The chapters are accused of forgery, handling stolen property, embezzlement and attempted fraud.
The prosecution will bring civil proceedings against the Hell's Angels, claiming it is the first time the judiciary has attempted to ban the club in a country.
Requests to ban the organisation were lodged with the Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Maastricht, Leeuwarden and Zwolle courts.
The prosecution — known as OM in Dutch — said the Hells Angels were "undesirable" in society.
But a spokesman for the Amsterdam chapter, lawyer Vincent Kraal, said the prosecution had little chance of getting the entire organisation banned.
However, if the prosecution succeeds, the case could have international ramifications.
Dutch police raided 45 locations as part of a long-running investigation into the Hells Angels last year.
Some 22 Hells Angels members will go on trial after the 2007 summer on charges of murder, theft, threatening behaviour, blackmail and possession of drugs and weapons.
None of the suspects are being held on remand.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news