A Belgian member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang has been detained on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, drug trafficking, grievous bodily injury, and possession of illegal weapons at the Algarve on Monday, the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) and the Procuradoria-Geral da República (PGR) confirmed yesterday in a press release.
The arrest was created as part of a wider analysis of the Hells Angels led by the Portuguese Public Prosecutor’s Office, with the assistance of the Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DCIAP) and the PJ. The case currently has 8-9 defendants, of whom 43 are now in custody.
The Belgian detainee was present at the Criminal Investigation Court of Lisbon for first time Tuesday, and the court, in concordance with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, employed the measure of pre-trial detention.
As demonstrated by a judicial origin, the interrogations of the defendants have occurred in recent days and continue to be carried out. But, not one of the defendants have answered the questions put to them by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
In March of last year, roughly 20 Hells Angels bikers invaded a restaurant in Prior Velho, a municipality of Loures close Lisbon, to attack the rival Red & Gold group, created by the extreme right revolutionary Mário Machado. The two rival gangs clashed in the restaurant, with knives, sticks, iron bars and different objects used.
In Januarythe Criminal Investigation Court (TIC) of Lisbon announced that the”special sophistication” of the case demanded that the Public Prosecutor’s Office has been eligible to six additional months (before July 18) to file their own indictments, thereby additionally extending the time scale of pre trial detention of the group members.
The Hells Angels group has been around in Portugal since 2002, also it has ever been closely monitored by authorities and the Portuguese government more generally.