Dutch court bans Hells Angels motorcycle gang


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BRUSSELS (AP) — A Dutch court has outlawed the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, calling it a violent organization that is a danger to public order.

Wednesday's ruling by the Central Netherlands Court in Utrecht banned the Dutch arm of the gang and its international mother organization. It is the latest in a series of court decisions outlawing motorcycle clubs in the country.

The court says in a written statement that "the violence is structural and comes from the motorcycle club's culture."

It remains unclear how the ban will be enforced. The court says it is up to prosecutors to decide how to implement it.

The national prosecutor's office says in a tweet that it is satisfied with the ruling.

A lawyer representing the Hells Angels could not immediately be reached for comment.

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