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Hells Angels trial for organized crime begins in Spain

MADRID ( Associated Press) – The trial in Europe of a former Hells Angels leader began Monday in Madrid.

German national Frank Hennebuth is on trial for allegedly running a division of a motorcycle club on the Spanish resort island of Mallorca involved in criminal activities with 49 alleged foreign associates.

During the first short hearing, the court read the charges to each of the 46 defendants present in the courtroom, making sure everyone understood the text. A German-language interpreter translated the charges for three Germans who were participating by video conference.

The start of the session was delayed for four hours as some lawyers tried to bargain pleas for their clients. It is currently unknown if Honeybuth’s attorney was one of them.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a 13-year prison sentence for Honeybuth on charges of criminal organisation, money laundering and illegal possession of firearms. They also seek a fine of $4.5 million (4.2 million euros) on the money laundering charge.

Other alleged club leaders also face charges of running a prostitution and drug-trafficking ring, and could face up to 38 years in prison.

According to the prosecution’s indictment, the Hells Angels carried out illegal activities in Mallorca between 2009 and 2013 under Hanbuth’s orders, which apparently encouraged members of the group to commit crimes such as extortion, racketeering, illegal acquisition of firearms and robbery. appointed for. tourist sites.

They also moved into real estate in Mallorca and the nearby island of Ibiza. The defendants did not limit themselves to driving Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It is stated that one of the defendants was driving a Bentley at 200 km/h (125 mph) in a 120 km/h (75 mph) maximum speed zone when he was stopped by traffic officers.

The trial is expected to last several weeks.

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