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Court releases 17 Hells Angels

The 17 Hells Angels bikers detained by Portugal's criminal investigation force on Tuesday have been released their lawyers told Lusa.

According to lawyers Martins Leitão and José Carlos Cardoso, the defendants must present themselves once a month to authorities and are prohibited from contacting each other and other members linked to the Hells Angels.

They are also prohibited from participating in biker gatherings, being in spaces usually attended by bikers and leaving the country.

This case already has 87 defendants.

The police arrested these 17 members on Tuesday based on suspected criminal association and other crimes.

On that day, the police said that the men were aged between 29 and 52 and that the operation carried out is part of the same investigation into which 41 defendants are in pre-trial detention since July 2018.

Fri
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May
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Law-abiding outlaws: Trademark protection the Hells Angels way

The US Department of Justice considers the Hells Angels to be an organised crime syndicate, yet the motorcycle club is pretty astute when it comes to staying on the right side of IP law.

The Hells Angels name generates a distinctive image in most people’s minds; typically, one of black leather, beards and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. But, despite its rebellious and sometimes violent reputation, the worldwide motorcycle club founded in California over 70 years ago, has taken a shrewd approach to its legal rights, creating the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation (HAMC) to register, protect and enforce its IP rights.

Fri
24
May
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Motorcycle Gang Territory Disagreement Leads To Fight At Bike Blessing

A man who claimed that Harrison is Iron Horsemen territory is now facing assault charges.

(Harrison, Oh.) - A disagreement over biker gang territory allegedly led to a fight at a bike blessing in Harrison earlier this month.

The Harrison Press reports a bike blessing was being held at the Harrison American Legion on May 5. Harrison Police were called to investigate an assault at the event.

Jeffrey S. Raisor, 56, told another rider that he could not wear an Outlaw shirt on Iron Horsemen territory. When the other rider did not remove his Outlaw shirt, Raison allegedly punched him.

Raisor then allegedly punched the victim’s girlfriend in the face. The man ran to help his girlfriend and was knocked to the ground by Raisor.

Raisor allegedly called the woman derogatory names and told her to shut up.

Wed
22
May
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Disruption warning and police leave cancelled as 3,000 Hells Angels bikers expected in Surrey

They will be attending the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club ‘Euro Run’ at an East Surrey hotel

Up to 3,000 Hells Angels bikers are expected in East Surrey for a three-day event culminating in a 700 motorcycle ride out to Brighton.

The ride out, which is the culmination of Hells Angels Motorcycle Club's (HAMC) ‘Euro Run’, is expected to cause major disruption in East Surrey and Sussex on Saturday June 1 while police have also warned motorists to expect a large number of bikers in the area for the duration of the event.

It is the first time the three-day event, between May 30 and June 1, has been held in the UK and is being done so to mark the 50th anniversary of the HAMC in the country.

Wed
22
May
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Plainville’s Central Cafe shut down after fight between rival biker gangs

PLAINVILLE — Central Café has been ordered to close indefinitely after police say a fight broke out between two biker gangs, resulting in motorcyclists fleeing the scene in an unsafe manner.

Plainville Police Chief Matthew Catania reported that two similar incidents have occurred at the bar recently and stated that “it is not likely that we have seen the last of this type of behavior at this location,” according to a letter to restaurant permittee Shirley Papallo from Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull.

“Based upon the foregoing, DCP finds that public health, safety and welfare imperatively requires emergency action … and orders your café liquor permit suspended immediately and premises closed,” Seagull wrote in the letter. Papallo did not immediately respond to email requests for comment.

Tue
21
May
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Canadian Law Enforcement and Public Safety Partners Launch Anti-Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Campaign

OTTAWA, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Starting today and continuing over the ride season, police and public safety partners are taking to social media to remind Canadians that outlaw motorcycle gangs remain a criminal threat to our communities.

While the vast majority of motorcycle riders are law-abiding citizens, extensive criminal networks within the outlaw biker community continue to profit from illicit activities like drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, contraband smuggling, extortion, violence and illegal gaming.

Outlaw motorcycle clubs often take part in legitimate charitable events and other public relations efforts to portray themselves as good-natured free spirits. Popular television shows in recent years have unfortunately glamorized the gangster lifestyle and likely helped organized crime groups attract recruits and supporters.

Tue
21
May
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Portugal arrests 17 Hells Angels biker gang members in raids across country

LISBON, May 21 (Reuters) - Portuguese police arrested 17 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club on Tuesday on suspicion of organised crime activity, authorities said.

Around 150 officers, including anti-terrorism personnel, took part in raids on homes and commercial establishments across Portugal, the Judiciary Police (PJ) said in a statement.

TV channel SIC reported homes were searched in the capital Lisbon, the country's north and the Algarve in the south where thousands of bikers gather every year for an international motorcycle event.

Police confirmed 17 men belonging to the Hells Angels and aged between 29 and 52 were detained and expected to appear in court on Wednesday, charged with criminal association - which in Portugal is punishable by up to five years in jail.

Tue
21
May
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'Serious consequences': Warning after sale of Kiwi gang merchandise knock-offs

Despite a crackdown on Kiwi gang merchandise, eBay is currently selling Mongrel Mob and Bandidos MC knock-offs.

Kiwis have previously been warned not to buy knock-off clothing over safety concerns.

But American-based eBay is selling ready-made knock-off Mob T-shirts for as little as $23 in both black and red.

The words "Mighty Mongrel Mob Aotearoa" have been printed on the shirts along with the gang's emblem.

 

The seller, from Indonesia, has been advertising the knock-off items since December 18, along with a variety of other knock-off t-shirts.

The Mob knock-offs are available for just $23. Photo / eBay

The Mob knock-offs are available for just $23. Photo / eBay

Sat
18
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Cops eye Hells Angels' party

A raid on the their clubhouse earlier this week didn't appear to slow down festivities at an annual Hells Angels BBQ event in Kelowna Saturday.

Dozens of motorcycles were parked outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse in the city's North End Saturday, and riders showed up throughout the afternoon.

Many sported the Hells Angels “death head” logo on their jackets, while others appeared to be affiliated with various support clubs.

Photo: Nicholas Johansen
Motorcycles lined the street outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse Saturday.
 

Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, media relations officer with B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said the gathering was the annual K-Town BBQ Cook Off, hosted by the Kelowna chapter of the Hells Angels for the past eight years.

Fri
17
May
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Mongols motorcycle club ordered to pay $500,000 fine in racketeering case

Legal battle centers on the governments first-of-its kind effort to get control of the outlaw organizations prized patch.

A federal judge on Friday ordered the notorious Mongols motorcycle club to pay a $500,000 fine as part of a first-of-its-kind court case centered on the government’s unsuccessful efforts so far to seize control of the prized patches that adorn the vests worn by members of the outlaw organization.

The fine, as well as an order by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter that the Mongols’ organization be placed on five years of supervised probation, brings to a close the latest chapter in a decade-plus court battle between federal prosecutors and the motorcycle club.

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