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Dutch ban homegrown bikers' gang

Dutch judges on Monday banned a national motorcycle club and seized all its assets, ruling gang members had spread a culture of violence and criminal activities in the Netherlands.

"The court in The Hague has decided today that the motorcycle club Satudarah is banned with immediate effect," the judges said in their ruling.

The ban includes not just Satudarah, but also its fan club, and affiliate Supportcrew 999.

The judges found "the combination of numerous offences along with its culture of violence means Satudarah's activities are contrary to public order".

Its members "have been involved for many years in criminal activities including violence against other motorcycle clubs, manufacturing and trafficking in narcotics, the illegal possession of weapons and extortion".

The judges also ordered that the club should lose all its assets including access to its clubhouse.

Wed
30
May
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Dutch prosecutors ask judge to outlaw Hells Angels

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors have asked a judge to ban the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in the Netherlands, arguing that its members are part of "a subculture of lawlessness."

The appeal is not the first time Dutch authorities have gone after the gang. An earlier attempt to outlaw a local branch of the Hells Angels was rejected by Dutch courts, including by the country's Supreme Court in 2009.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that they handed to a court in the central Netherlands a dossier including hundreds of pages outlining the Hells Angels' activities. They said in a statement that the gang's members are involved in crimes such as extortion and intimidation.

Dutch prosecutors have in recent years gone after other motorcycle gangs, saying that they form a threat to civil order.

Tue
15
May
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Four No Surrender members arrested in Almere

Five people were arrested in Almere on Tuesday morning a major police action against drug trafficking. Four of the five detainees are members of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, a police spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl.

The arrested No Surrender members are aged 23, 29, 30 and 42 years and all from Almere. The fifth suspect is a 46-year-old man from Hilversum and is not a member of the motorcycle gang. 

This investigation started in January when a truck driver realized that there may be drugs hidden in his truck. The man left his truck in England and returned to the Netherlands by ferry. When arriving at the harbor of Hoek van Holland he saw four people waiting for him. He was scared and went to the Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military. Since then, the trucker has been under police protection.

Wed
09
May
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Breda assassination suspect arrested in undercover operation

A 35-year-old man from Sint Willebrord was arrested for the second time last month for involvement in the assassination of Peter van der Linde in Breda last year. Suspect David J. was arrested in an undercover operation, sources confirmed to ANP.

While abroad, J. told undercover police officers things about the murder that resulted in his arrest, according to the news wire. What he said, is not clear. The Public Prosecutor refused to comment.

Last week J.'s pre-trail detention was extended until his first public hearing in June.

Peter van der Linde from Breda was shot and killed at cafe 't Hoekse in Breda in January 2017. He was known in the criminal world and was a friend of Klaas Otto, founder of motorcycle gang No Surrender, according to ANP. Otto made a statement about the murder in April. What he said has not been revealed.

Wed
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Feb
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Motorcycle gang No Surrender's top leader arrested

The police arrested one of the top leaders of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender in his home in Hulst on Wednesday. The 41-year-old man is suspected of leading a criminal organization, the police said in a statement.

In addition to the arrest, the police also searched three addresses - the suspect's home, his company, and a bar where No Surrender club nights are held. Investigators hope to find supporting evidence and to gather information about criminal activities "in an organized context".

The man in question is Rico R., according to NU.nl. He is one of No Surrender's three so-called 'world captains'. 

Tue
16
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No Surrender members arrested in investigation into Almere woman's murder

The police arrested two members of outlaw motorcycle club No Surrender who they believe may have been involved in the murder of from Almere. The two men, aged 32 and 40, were arrested in Amsterdam on Monday, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The No Surrender members are actually suspected of being involved in a violent robbery in Literatuurwijk in Almere in December 2016, in which a 78-year-old woman was hurt. The police believe that this robbery may be connected to the death of 43-year-old Esther Paul, whose

Wed
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Dec
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Court bans Dutch arm of Bandidos motorcycle gang

THE HAGUE, Netherlands –  A court in the Netherlands has banned the Dutch branch of the Bandidos motorcycle club, ruling in a civil case that the biker gang is a threat to public order.

A court in the central city of Utrecht said Wednesday that the ban "is necessary to protect society."

The court says that the Bandidos have "a culture that stimulates violence," including awarding club patches to members who have been involved in violence.

There was no immediate reaction from the Bandidos to the ruling, which is part of a crackdown by Dutch prosecutors on motorcycle gangs.

According to the ruling, the Bandidos first opened a Dutch chapter in the southern city of Sittard in 2014. Prosecutors say the gang has dozens of Dutch members.

Fri
01
Dec
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Extortion and threats reign in motorcycle club No Surrender: former members

Three former members of outlaw motorcycle club No Surrender decided to break the club's code of silence and tell their story to the Telegraaf and the police. They paint a scary picture of the club enriching itself by expelling members in order to extort them, debts of members being recovered from their family and friends, and recruitment specifically for drug connections. 

"Every crook can become a member of No Surrender, you do not even have to have a motorcycle license", one former member said to the newspaper. "I was interesting because I have contacts in the drug world. They hoped that through me they'd be able to more cheaply trade larger parties of narcotics." He added that the club tries to get a foothold in other countries by opening chapters, to secure its drug route. 

Tue
03
Oct
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Bandidos leaders encourage violence: Public Prosecutor

Outlaw motorcycle gang Bandidos is set up to commit and hide crimes - violence and crimes are not only approved of, but even encouraged by the gang leaders, the Public Prosecutor argued in the Utrecht court on Tuesday. The Public Prosecutor is in the Netherlands, NOS report.

The Prosecutor listed a long list of Bandidos related incidents in the Netherlands and abroad. These include shootings, stabbings, arson, and violent clashes with other motorcycle gangs. He referred to an incident on the market in Valkenswaard, where a Bandidos member got into a fight with a group of Hells Angels, and an incident in which a Bandido member was threatened with a knife when he dropped his daughter off at school.

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Sep
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No Surrender founder to press slander charges against prosecutor, mayor

, founder of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, is pressing slander charges against Breda chief prosecutor Charles van der Voort and Bergen op Zoom mayor Frank Petter, his lawyer Louis de Leon confirmed to AD. The reason for the charges is recent publications in the Volkskrant and the Telegraaf in which Van der Voort linked Otto to two assassinations and Petter called him a professional criminal.

De Leon is convinced that these publications are "directed by the highest level of the Public Prosecution". According to him, they form part of a well-though-out media campaign to turn public opinion against Otto. "That's trial by media. We would greatly appreciate a judicial review. They're speaking out of turn with these accusations", the lawyer said to AD.

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