Sat
20
Jul
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Hells Angels kingpin detained, suspected of drug offenses

A known leader of the notorious motorcycle club was detained in Helsinki on suspicion of dealing in "very dangerous" drugs.

The Helsinki District Court reached a decision in a closed trial on Saturday, 20 July to remand a suspect who is believed to be a leading figure of Finland's Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. He was detained on suspicion of a string of aggravated drug offenses that dated back to the start of 2018 and continued until the present.

The leader of the criminal investigation characterized the case as unprecedented in its scope.

"There are elements of the case that make it quite exceptional, to say the least. Perhaps even in terms of all of Finnish criminal history," said chief inspector Kaarle Lehmus.

"We are talking about a drug that has been classified as very dangerous. For investigative reasons, I can't say anything about the quality or quantity or provide any more details," he said.

Tue
11
Jun
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Rotterdam shooting linked to banned motorcycle gang

The police linked a shooting on Waldeck Pyrmontlaan in Rotterdam on Sunday evening to outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, which was banned by the court last week. One of the arrested suspects was wearing No Surrender colors, the police said in a statement.

The shooting in the Kralingen neighborhood happened at around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Three suspects were arrested shortly after the shooting, which seemed to be a fight that escalated. One of the detainees had a bullet wound in his leg. This 33-year-old man was wearing the No Surrender colors.

Fri
07
Jun
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Dutch court tackles another biker gang; No Surrender banned

On Friday the court in Assen banned No Surrender in the Netherlands, ruling that the motorcycle club poses a danger to public order. No Surrender is the fourth outlaw motorcycle gang to be banned in the Netherlands, after Hells Angels, Satudarah and Bandidos.

"A large number of members of No Surrender are or have been structurally involved in numerous serious crimes", the court said in its verdict, NOS reports. The ruling also mentions intimidation, public violence, extortion, unauthorized possession of weapons, drug trafficking, and arms trafficking. 

The judge considered it proven that the club management has an "important steering role in committing and facilitating criminal offenses". The ban  applies to all No Surrender chapters and brotherhoods, because they are not independent due to the strongly hierarchical structure of the motorcycle club. 

Wed
29
May
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Netherlands first country to ban the Hells Angels; Violence called "systemic", "common"

The Central Netherlands court in Utrecht issued a ban of the outlaw motorcycle gang Hells Angels in the Netherlands. That makes the Netherlands the first country in the world to completely ban the Hells Angels, according to broadcaster NOS. Other countries, including Germany, banned local chapters, but not the entire club. 

The motorcycle gang must cease all its activities in the country. The court agreed with the Public Prosecutor's argument that there is a culture of violence within the club and that it endangers society and the rule of law. "The worldwide Hells Angels organisation has also been banned from undertaking activities in the Netherlands," the court said in a statement.

Tue
22
Jan
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Hand grenades found at two Limburg homes

A hand grenade was found in a the front yard of a home in Echt on Tuesday morning. Half an hour later, another grenade ws found in the front yard of a home in Holtum. The resident of the Holtum home is a member of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the police confirmed to NU.nl. The resident of the Echt home does not belong to a motorcycle gang, but a member of such a gang lives on the same street, NU.nl reports.

At around 9:00 a.m. the police received a report about a hand grenade in the garden on Velgraafweg in Holtum. The street was cordoned off and surrounding residents were evacuated. Defense's Explosive Ordinance Disposal team and the police's explosive experts were deployed to the scene. The emergency services are "with large equipment in Holtum", a police spokesperson said to NU.nl.

According to 1Limburg, the resident is a Bandidos member. 

Thu
20
Dec
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Hand grenade left in Bandidos member's garden

A hand grenade was found in the garden of a home on Aan de Linde in Nieuwstadt on Wednesday afternoon. The home in question belongs to Harrie Ramakers, president of the Sittard chapter of outlaw motorcycle gang Bandidos, NU.nl reports.

Defense's explosive ordinance disposal team disassembled and removed the grenade from the garden. Mayor Jos Hessles of Echt-Susteren, which covers Nieuwstadt, decided to implement an emergency ordinance on the street. For the coming month, passersby on Aan de Linde can be searched as a preventative measure, the street will be guarded, and camera surveillance was installed. Traffic inhibiting measures will also be implemented on the street.

Wed
19
Dec
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Setback for public prosecutor: Bandidos chapters remain legal

The national chapter of a motorcycle club was correctly banned by a lower court two years ago, but the local branches of the club can remain, appeal court judges said on Tuesday.

Bandidos Motorcycle Club (BMC) Europa and the Dutch organisation Bandidos Motorcycle Club Holland had gone to court to appeal against a Utrecht court decision to ban their organisations two years ago.

In that ruling, judges banned the motorcycle club with immediate effect in order to ‘halt behaviour which could disrupt society’.

The appeal court judges upheld the ban on the national organisation but said the ruling ‘does not apply to other, independent Bandidos chapters in the Netherlands because the public prosecution request was not directed at this.’

The group’s lawyer Marnix van der Werf said on Tuesday that the appeal court ruling was a victory for the group.

Tue
18
Dec
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Dutch court upholds ban on branch of Bandidos biker club

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — An appeals court has upheld a ban on a Dutch arm of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, agreeing with a lower court's conclusion that the biker gang forms a threat to public order.

In a written ruling issued Tuesday, the appeals court in Arnhem said that members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club Holland operate in "an atmosphere and culture of violence and threat of violence."

But in a blow to Dutch prosecutors' campaign against biker gangs, the appeals court says it is not banning other Dutch branches of the U.S.-based gang or overseas branches.

Prosecutors say the gang has dozens of members in the Netherlands. It wasn't immediately clear how many belong to the Bandidos Motorcycle Club Holland and how many to other Dutch branches of the gang.

Mon
17
Dec
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Dutch police call parliament to quickly ban outlaw motorcycle gangs

The police want parliament to speed up a legislative proposal that will allow the Justice Minister to immediately ban outlaw motorcycle gangs, especially now that new clubs are emerging in the Netherlands, said police chief Pim Miltenburg, in charge of the motorcycle gang file at the police, NOS reports.

This involves split-offs from existing outlaw motorcycle gangs or emerging clubs that do others' dirty work for them, according to the government. For example, was often in the news this year with connections to assassinations and an attack on the Panorama building in Amsterdam. Members of Kings Syndicate, a division of motorcycle gang No Surrender, are also being linked with serious crimes, according to the broadcaster. "As a police man I say: hurry up, because the street requires direct action", Miltenburg said.

Tue
11
Dec
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Satudarah threatened to commit a "slaughter" in Geleen

The Satudarah chapter in Geleen threatened to commit a slaughter in the city if the police raided the outlaw motorcycle gang's clubhouse. Messages intercepted by the police show that the motorcycle gang threatened to throw hand grenades into a bar with a hundred or more people inside, was revealed during the first hearing against seven members of Satudarah Geleen on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Ten Satudarah members were arrested in Geleen last year. The trial against seven of them started on Monday. The other three will be tried in January. They are suspected of, among other things, membership to a criminal organization, extortion, deprivation of freedom, weapons possession, money laundering and various drug crimes. 

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