Hells Angel on trial for murder in Germany

14th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A member of the Hells Angels biker gang went on trial in Germany Tuesday for the alleged murder of a police commando in March.

The trial, in the western city of Koblenz, attended by several other members of the gang, opened under heavy security.

Prosecutors have accused the 44-year-old defendant, identified only as Karl-Heinz B., of firing two shots without warning at the officer through a door as he prepared to raid his home.

"Both shots penetrated the door. One hit the police officer in the upper body and affected several organs. In spite of immediate medical attention, the 42-year-old bled to death," according to the charge sheet.

Police were conducting an operation over turf battles between rival gangs running prostitutes in the local area.

If convicted, B. faces a life sentence. The verdict is expected on November 29.

© 2010 AFP

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