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.
The police arrested two leaders of Caloh Wagoh on Wednesday morning and are currently raiding over 40 locations linked to the outlaw motorcycle gang. The two leaders, men aged 48 and 70, were arrested in Mijdrecht and Leiden. They're in custody for questioning, the police said in a statement.
The raids are being done by police units Den Haag, Midden Nederland, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Oost Nederland. SWAT teams were deployed in various locations. This major police action, involving over 800 police officers, forms part of a larger investigation into undermining crime.
The police arrested a member of outlaw motorcycle gang Caloh Wagoh in connection with the murder of Belgian businessman Stefaan Bogaerts in Spijkenisse in September last year. The suspect, a 47-year-old man from The Hague, was arrested in a cell in Alphen aan den Rijn, where he was already in custody for another crime, the police said in a statement.
The police had information that a serious crime was being planned shortly before the building housing Panorama's editorial offices in Amsterdam was shot at with a rocket launcher in June. When the attack happened, the police were already keeping an eye on some of the important suspects, Het Parool reports.
A third suspect was arrested in connection with a rocket launcher being fired on the Panorama building in Amsterdam in June. The police believe this 45-year-old man from Spijkenisse was the person who fired the weapon, ANP reports.
The man was arrested on his way to work on Tuesday morning. He is in restricted custody, which means that he is only allowed contact with his lawyer.
A second suspect was arrested for firing a rocket launcher at the building housing magazine Panorama in Amsterdam, the police confirmed on Wednesday. The man from Rotterdam was arrested on Monday.
A 41-year-old man arrested on suspicion of firing a rocket launcher at the Amsterdam building that houses Panorama and Nieuwe Revu, is no longer suspected of firing the weapon. He was not at the crime scene when the shooting happened, the Public Prosecutor said on Monday.
One of the men arrested in connection with the murder of Reduan B., brother to Nabil B. - a key witness in a number of Utrecht and Amsterdam assassination cases, is a member of te Caloh Wagoh Main Triad motorcycle club.