Luxury Amsterdam sex club to close definitively

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The Dutch council of state backs Amsterdam’s city council to close down Yab Yum.

Amsterdam – The Dutch council of state rules Wednesday that one of Amsterdam’s luxurious brothel should remain close definitively as ordered by the city council in 2008.

The notorious brothel, Yab Yum, lost its operating licence in January 2008 after authorities said the club was being used for criminal activity and had been taken over by a chapter of the Hell’s Angels.

The city council believed a member of the Hell's Angels with a criminal record was running the club, while someone else's name was on the deeds.

The withdrawal of the brothel’s licence was a clampdown on sex industry-connected crime in the capital. The council shut down the club by using special legislation known as the Bibob law. Under Bibob legislation since 2003, the council has the right to withdraw or refuse a licence to anyone involved in crime or money laundering.

Earlier an Amsterdam court had backed the council's withdrawal of the licence as there was a serious danger of the licence being used for fraudulent practices, but it found there was not enough evidence to prove claims that the Hell's Angels were behind the takeover of the club.

Both parties contested the ruling: the Hell's Angels wanted the club reopened and the city council wanted the link with the Hell's Angels to be recognised by the court.

The Council of State now said the former owner was forced to hand over the club as a result of extortion and that there is a clear link between Yab Yum and the Hell's Angels.

Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen is pleased with the outcome.

"This is an important Bibob case and it is good that we have been proved right so convincingly. It shows that if we tackle these cases properly the law will back us up," said Cohen.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Nox posted:

    on 9th July 2009, 14:17:25 - Reply

    "Under Bibob legislation since 2003, the council has the right to withdraw or refuse a license to anyone involved in crime or money laundering."

    The Bibop legislation allows the refusal of a license to anyone the council says is involved in crime; they do not need to prove involvement as implied in your article.

    Instead who ever is refused a license has to prove that they are not a criminal, unfortunately it is impossible to prove a negative. So in reality they have to convince the council that it is in the council members interest to allow the license, either by hassling them (so they move to an easier target) or bribery (giving them something that they want).