|Presence of Hells Angels in Iceland a Turning Point|
|Written by Iceland Review|
|Tuesday, 08 March 2011 15:30|
The recognition of MC Iceland as a Hells Angels member association is a turning point, according to Arnar Jensson, Iceland’s contact at Europol. He said Hells Angels are being investigated by Europol as the motorcycle club is believed to have part in organized crime.
The Icelandic police will be granted increased authoritiy to uproot crime gangs. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
“An association which many countries define as an organized criminal organization now has operations out in the open in Iceland, publicly, in fact. It is a big challenge for the authorities to tackle that,” Jensson told Morgunbladid.
“Where motorcycle clubs have become members of Hells Angels or the number of Hells Angels clubs have increased, the crime rate has increased as well, especially violent crimes and the armament of criminal groups. That’s the experience everywhere in Europe,” Jensson stated.
He said police authorities in Europe are mostly concerned about the increased violence and armament, which comes with Hells Angels. For example, threats to keep witnesses quiet in cases related to members of the association.
Struggle between different clubs and crime groups also follow Hells Angels as examples from Scandinavia have shown, Jensson added. “I believe it’s a given that the development will be similar here.”
Einar “Boom” Marteinsson, president of Hells Angels MC Iceland, denied that club members are involved in criminal activities. “We are a legally registered organization in Iceland and the agenda is pretty simple: We are interested in motorcycles.”
In related news, Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson has decided to grant the police increased authority to uproot crime gangs.
He said on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljóslast night that he knows of cases where people are being extorted because of threats that members of their family will be harmed if they don’t pay.
“This is what is practiced by the mafia; this is not the society we want,” the minister reasoned.
|Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 12:50|