50 Hells Angels go to trial for a case of prostitution, murder, trafficking and other crimes in Spain

Spain Hells Angels Trial

“Prostitution, drug trafficking, possession and trafficking of weapons, extortion, as well as various forms of violence, including murder,” are just some of the crimes alleged in a 150-page indictment against 50 members of a Hells Angels chapter who operated on the Spanish island of Mallorca from 2009 to 2013.

The trial against the former manager of the club, Frank Hanebuth, and 49 alleged international collaborators, began this Monday in Madrid.

According to Spanish prosecutors, the Hells Angels carried out illegal activities in Mallorca under the leadership of Hanebuth. He allegedly named members who went on to commit crimes including extortion, pimping, illegal acquisition of firearms, and robbery at popular tourist spots.

Spain Hells Angels Trial

Hanebuth was seen arriving at court an hour before the trial was scheduled to start. A total of 46 defendants were in the courtroom, while another three were expected to testify via video link.

The start of the session was delayed because the lawyers tried to reach plea agreements for some of the defendants. It was not immediately clear if Hanebuth’s attorney was among those seeking a plea deal.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a 13-year prison sentence for Hanebuth on charges of belonging to a criminal organization, money laundering and illegal possession of firearms. They are also seeking a $4.5 million fine on the money laundering charge.

Other alleged prominent members of the group face charges of running a prostitution and drug trafficking ring, and could face up to 38 years in prison.

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According to the Spanish newspaper 20 minutes, the indictment listed prostitution as one of the group’s main sources of income, accusing members of exploiting and coercing women who worked in private clubs acquired by the Hells Angels chapter.

Prosecutors have alleged that the women were even subjected to cosmetic surgeries for the sole purpose of “making them more productive and getting more benefit from the activities they do.”

The trial is expected to last several weeks.

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