In Duisburg suspected members of the "Hells Angels" have to defend themselves against accusations of murder. They are said to have killed a "traitor" from the ranks of the motorcycle club and then made him disappear in a Mafia-like manner. The trial will also involve another act of violence.
The trial of a murder in the rocker milieu has begun in Duisburg under police protection. Six men are accused of being members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club at the time of the crime. In January 2014, five of them are said to have participated in a deadly punitive action in their own ranks.
At the start of the trial at the Duisburg district court, the 35 to 46-year-old defendants did not comment on the allegations. According to the indictment, the victim was shot in a car trailer in Mönchengladbach and then dismembered. The body parts were stowed in food barrels, poured with concrete and sunk in the Rhine and other bodies of water. Some body parts later turned up.
"The killing served to eliminate a traitor and thus consolidate the position of power of the 'Hells Angels'," the indictment says. The trial also deals with an attempted murder of a member of the rival motorcycle club "Bandidos", who was shot in Oberhausen in November 2013. The victim was hit by four bullets but survived the attack. The charges are murder, attempted murder and perversion of justice.