The police are struggling with witnesses that are too scared to give a statement in the investigation into the Haarlem chapter of the Hells Angels, prosecutor Jesse van der Putte said during a pro-forma hearing in the case against Hells Angels leader Lysander de R. on Thursday, the Telegraaf reports.
Two leading members of motorcycle gang No Surrender were arrested in SWAT team raids in The Hague and Pijnacker early on Tuesday morning. They were arrested in connection with an attempted assassination in Ridderkerk in November last year, the Telegraaf reports.
The police arrested five people in a operation against drug trafficking in and around the Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede during an Eredivisie match between FC Twente and PSV on Thursday night, NU.nl reports.
Three people were arrested in the supporters' home at Block P - the block for fanatical FC Twente supporters - and two were arrested outside the stadium. Drugs were found in the supporters' home, a spokesperson for the police said to NU.nl. The police also searched three homes and found several fake weapons.
A Helmond father may have had help from a member of biker gang Hell's Angels when he assaulted another man in Eindhoven in January for harassing his 14-year-old daughter online. This can be seen in the criminal file, which newspaper BN De Stem managed to get hold of.
Eyewitnesses saw father Mario Haazen get into a car with someone else on the night he assaulted Jack S., January 19th. Jack S. is a mental health patient who sexually harassed Haazen's underage daughter online.
The members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are increasingly meeting in pubs and restaurants in the Netherlands, Zwolle mayor Henk Jan Meijer said to newspaper AD. According to him, this is due to the closing of clubhouses.
Meijer is chairman of a national consultative group that is working to address the problem of motorcycle gangs in the Netherlands. The group is made up of representatives from, among others, the Public Prosecutor, tax investigative authority FIOD, police and local authorities.
Lawyer Jan Piet van R. was arrested on Monday night in the investigation against former No Surrender leader Klaas Otto, the Public Prosecutor confirmed to the Telegraaf. A number of addresses was raided on Monday and more will be raided on Tuesday, according to the newspaper.
The Public Prosecutor spokesperson could not say why the lawyer was arrested. Otto claims that he works for the Amsterdam lawyer and visited clients for him abroad, according to the Telegraaf.
Three leading members of motorcycle gang Satudarah were convicted in a big drug case on Monday. Their sentences were much lower than the Public Prosecutor demanded, however. According to the court in Breda, there is no evidence that the suspects formed a criminal organization, ANP reports.
The highest sentence was imposed on Bjorn E., vice president of the Satudarah chapter in Tilburg. He got 46 months in prison for money laundering and involvement in the production of raw materials for drugs. The Prosecutor demanded 8 years against him
The former leader of motorcycle gang No Surrender, Klaas Otto, was arrested from his bed in Bergen op Zoom on Friday morning, his lawyer Louis de Leon confirmed to Omroep Brabant. This arrest comes only four days after he was released from custody on Monday. His righthand man Janus de V. was also arrested, according to the broadcaster.
A court in Breda released Otto from custody on Monday, placing him under house arrest with an ankle monitor. Otto is awaiting trial on charges of threats, extortion, arson and assault.
On Thursday night the police raided the Hells Angels clubhouse on Baljuwslaan and arrested a total of 10 people. The suspects include nine men and one woman. According to the police, the 9 men make up the entire Haarlem chapter of the outlaw motorcycle gang, ANP reports.
The men are aged between 35 and 64 years and come from Haarlem, Leiden, Gouda, Alkmaar and IJmuiden. They are all suspected of participation in a criminal organization. Some are also suspected of extortion, threats, violence and arson.
The police wiretapped the Emmen clubhouse of motorcycle gang No Surrender. Overheard conversations revealed that crimes were structurally committed in the building, including drug trafficking and assaults, Prosecutor Pieter van Rest revealed in a press conference about a raid on the clubhouse on Friday morning, AD reports.
Early on Friday morning a large team of police officers raided the clubhouse of outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender in Emmen. An emergency decree was issued and fences were placed around the complex. According to the municipality, one person was arrested, AD reports.
The Netherlands is a paradise for criminals wit billions of euros in drug money flowing through the country every year, according to Tilburg Mayor Peter Noordanus. He led a large scale investigation into subversive crime in the country. "If we do nothing, soon nowhere will be safe", he said in an interview with RTL Nieuws.
Klaas Otto, the arrested ex-leader of motorcycle gang No Surrender, broke the most important rule in motorcycle clubs' code of conduct by speaking to the police and Public Prosecutor, according to the Telegraaf.
On Saturday the police searched several locations in Limburg in a large investigation into the laundering of dirty money from motorcycle gang Satudarah. One of these locations was a sauna club in Roermond. So far no arrests were made, the police said on Sunday.
The Dutch Public Prosecutor asked the court in Utrecht to ban motorcycle gang Bandidos - both the Dutch and international chapters, prosecutor Oebele Brouwer said in the Telegraaf on Tuesday. Such a civil ban will enable the Judiciary to tackle the entire ban, instad of only individual members, according to him.
With threats and intimidation motorcycle gang No Surrender forced weekly magazine Panorama to stop publishing stories about the motorcycle gang, NRC reports. In 2014 two No Surrender leaders forced chief editor Frans Lomans to sign a contract stating that journalist Mylene de la Haye is no longer to write and publish articles about the motorcycle gang, according to the newspaper.
A 42-year-old member of outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah was arrested in Dordrecht on Sunday in connection with a number of domestic violence incidents, the police announced.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 9 years in prison, minus time spent in remand, against Pearl S. in court on Monday. S. is suspected of killing Rudi Schouten in Breda last year. According to the prosecutor, there is no evidence of premeditation in the killing, so S. is facing charges of manslaughter, according to BN De Stem tweeting live from within the courtroom.
Motorcycle gang related organized crime in the southern parts of the Netherlands is "more serious and deeply rooted in society" than was expected when the judiciary launched its more intensive approach to tackling it, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice wrote to parliament. He added that the more intensive approach will therefore be continued
The Public Prosecution Service in the Netherlands is preparing a lawsuit to ban one or more motorcycle gangs in the country, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said on Monday. He did not mention which clubs are involved
A team of about 40 investigators raided the home of Klaas Otto, former leader of motorcycle gang No Surrender, on Wednesday. The raid at the caravan camp on Rijsselbergen in Bergen op Zoom forms part of a money laundering investigation, the Telegraaf reports.
A court in Alkmaar sentenced Lysander de R., president of the Haarlem chapter of the Hell's Angels, to 2.5 years in prison on Friday. He was found guilty of illegal firearm possession and assault
The police found and confiscated two semi-automatic firearms and a handgun while searching two homes in Amsterdam. Three people were arrested, including a member of outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah.
The homes were searched on Monday based on a tip. In one home officers found two CZ VZ58 semi-automatic guns, three magazines with bullets and a small quantity of hard drugs. A handgun and a small quantity of drugs were found in the second house. Satudarah clothing was found in both homes.
The police seized firearms, ammunition, drugs, money and counterfeit money while searching 19 addresses across the Netherlands on Friday, following the arrest of 23 Hell's Angels and Mongols members in Rotterdam on Thursday.