Justice department wants to ban motorcycle club Satudarah

The justice department wants to ban motorcycle club Satudarah for public order offences following the arrest of three gang leaders for extortion, the possession of illegal weapons and drug trafficking, the Volkskrant reports.

Officials have already made a series of unsuccessful attempts to ban motorcycle gang Hells Angels and judges in Utrecht will decide next week whether or not to brand the Bandidos motorcycle club a criminal organisation and break it up.

Justice minister Stef Blok is also working on a proposal to enable a ban at a ministerial level, the Volkskrant said. Meanwhile police are targeting individual members of Satudarah and the public prosecution office is not ruling out further arrests.

Tuesday’s crack-down involved nine judges, 16 public prosecutors, tax fraud officials and 200 police officers. In total 22 homes and business premises were searched and police confiscated 750 grammes of mdma, a shotgun, €10,000 in cash, cars, motorcycles, watches, documents, computers and phones.

Saturdah, which was founded in 1990 by a group of Moluccan youths and means ‘one blood’, has some 900 members in the Netherlands, divided over 36 chapters.