On Monday the court in The Hague banned motorcycle club Satudarah throughout the Netherlands. According to the court, the continued existence of Satudarah constitutes a threat to public order and the immediate disbandment of the motorcycle club is therefore necessary, NU.nl reports.
Around 200 police officers raided a total of six properties connected to Satudarah on Wednesday night, including the outlaw motorcycle gang's clubhouse in Geleen. A total of five people were arrested, the police said in a statement.
Four people were arrested at the clubhouse on Borrekuilstraat, the other in a home elsewhere in Geleen. The raids were done in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor as part of an investigation into Satudarah members' involvement in extortion, threats and money laundering.
Tony D., a man arrested earlier this month on suspicion of being the second gunman in the mistaken identity murder of Amsterdam DJ Djordy Latumahina, was caught in a carefully considered undercover operation, the Public Prosecutor said in a pro-forma hearing in the murder case on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch police put one of the founders of outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah on the most-wanted list. 52-year-old Michel Boer is wanted for leading a criminal organization involved in arms trafficking, drug trafficking, violence and extortion, NOS reports.
Over half of outlaw motorcycle gang members in the Netherlands have been convicted of a violent crime and a third have a criminal record with more than 10 convictions behind his name, according to a study Leiden University published on Thursday, ANP reports.
The Public Prosecutor is soon going to court to try and ban outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah from the Netherlands, the prosecutor's national office confirmed to AD.This follows the arrest of several Satudarah members on Tuesday.
SWAT teams took two members of motorcycle club Satudarah from their beds in their homes in Tilburg on Tuesday morning and arrested them. Their homes on Sneekstraat and Morrahof were also raided, Omroep Brabant reports.
The raids form part of a national investigation, according to the broadcaster. Exactly what the police are investigating, is not clear. Two cars were seized at one of the homes.
A member of outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah was arrested in Geleen on Wednesday morning, the police announced in a statement. He is suspected of aggravated assault and extortion.
The assault happened in 2015. According to the police, the 31-year-old man attacked a woman in her Geleen home. She sustained serious injuries. The police believe that the victim and her husband was extorted by the motorcycle gang for some time before the assault.
Why this arrest was made some two years after the crime is not clear.
The police believe that more arrests will follow.
Tilburg can close a bar frequented by outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah for six weeks, the court ruled on Thursday. The closure follows the discovery of two knives and about 20 bags containing residues of cocaine during a police raid in March. The court's motivation will follow later. The bar, called Drinks & Dance, must close on Friday, ANP reports.
A previous attempt to close the bar on Zevenheuvelenweg failed because the proprietor won a lawsuit against the municipality.
Last year over 400 outlaw motorcycle gang members in the Netherlands were suspects in a total of 680 criminal offenses, according to a report on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs published on Thursday. That amounts to one in five of the outlaw bikers known to the police, ANP reports.
The crimes involved nearly 150 cases of violent crimes like assault and public violence, dozens of threats and over 20 cases of illegal firearm possession. There were also 13 cases of murder or manslaughter, and a large number of drug related crimes and extortion.
Heavily armed police officers raided the home of Laurens S., a leader of the Satudarah chapter east, in Enschede very early on Wednesday morning. Five people, including S., were arrested for violating the arms and ammunition law, the Telegraaf report.
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
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.
A group of people affiliated with motorcycle gang Satudarah were banned from stepping on the Rembrandt square in Amsterdam for three months, Het Parool reports. This follows a fight in club Nasty on the Thorbeckeplein
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 police discovered a hand grenade, two firearms and drugs in the home of a Satudarah member in Den Bosch on Tuesday, the Public Prosecutor announced. The 21-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend were arrested and will be arraigned on Friday.
A couple from Etten-Leur was arrested at Eindhoven airport on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of money laundering, the police said in a statement on their website. The 51-year-old man is a "prominent member of outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah", according to the police.
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.
The Public Prosecutor demanded eight years in prison against tree members of motorcycle club No Surrender in the court in Den Bosch on Wednesday. They are suspected of involvement in a violent shootout in a residential area in Eindhoven almost two years ago
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 National Police has had enough of motorcycle gangs like the Hell's Angels, Mongols, No Surrender, Satudarah and Bandidos. They should be banned as soon as possible, Rotterdam police chief Frank Paauw said in an interview with the Telegraaf on Tuesday.
The investigation into Miloud B., suspected of drug smuggling and in the murder of Lithuanian Gintas Macionis, may have been compromised by a leak from within the police. The suspect knew which addresses would be raided weeks before he and several other suspects were arrested, with the result that they had opportunity to get rid of incriminating evidence
In 2015 West-Brabant became the new murder capital of the Netherlands. With 17 cases of murder and manslaughter over the year, the region took the crown from Amsterdam where only 15 murders were committed, despite the ongoing gang-related assassinations
One of the five Satudarah members who are suspected in the murder of Rudi Schouten, worked as a soldier for Defense and the Marechaussee, military police, for years.