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Court hears prohibition of appeal against Hells Angels

Court hears prohibition of appeal against Hells Angels


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The Arnhem court will appeal the ban on the Hells Angels motorcycle club on Wednesday. The court in Utrecht ruled last year that the association in the Netherlands must be dissolved as this poses a threat to public order. According to the court, the angels have a culture of violence.

A few years ago, the public prosecutor launched a civil offensive to obtain a ban on so-called outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs) in the Netherlands. Fourteen years ago, the judiciary launched the attack on the Hells Angels. At that time, she failed to ban various sections of the club from court.

The association has appealed against last year’s court decision. The judge ruled that the ban and the club’s dissolution took effect immediately, but the court put an end to it. The decision of the court must be awaited.

Lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops argued in court on behalf of the angels that there is no association and that this cannot therefore be prohibited. The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was founded in the USA in 1948 mainly by former soldiers. About forty years ago the association also became active in the Netherlands.

In addition to those against the Hells Angels, there are also proceedings against clubs like Satudarah, Bandidos and No Surrender. These are in different stages. For example, the Supreme Court has not yet issued a ban on Satudarah. Earlier this year the council ratified the ban on bandidos, but the local chapters are allowed to continue. The Supreme Court will rule on the non-surrender ban on December 4th.