The German police have raided buildings belonging to motorcycle club Bandidos in a number of states on the border with the Netherlands. Which reports the German Ministry of the Interior, which says it has an “urgent suspicion” that “the purpose and activities of the association are contrary to criminal law”.
The ministry says weapons, ammunition and cash have been seized, according to German media motorcycles and drugs were also confiscated. It has not been announced whether any arrests have been made. About 1,800 officers were on hand during the actions. In the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, about 1,300 officers raided 86 properties, including homes and clubhouses. A further eighteen properties were examined in Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate.
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The Bandidos motorcycle club was founded in 1966 in the US state of Texas. The German branch of the club has been active since 1999, according to the German Ministry of the Interior. Bandidos Holland was the first Dutch motorcycle club to be banned by the court at the end of 2017, partly because of criminal activities by members. The Dutch sections of motorcycle gangs Satudarah, No Surrender and the Hells Angels were also banned afterwards.
In 2020, the Supreme Court decided that the Dutch Public Prosecution Service cannot ban the international branch of Bandidos, because it cannot be demonstrated that an international organization exists. Local branches of the club are also excluded from the legal ban, as they form their own organisations.