A court has shut down motorcycle club Satudarah with immediate effect as a result of its criminal links and ‘culture of violence’.
The district court in The Hague ruled that the club’s activities violated public order ‘in a manner that disrupts or can disrupt society’. The ban was extended to the affiliated clubs Supportcrew 999 and Saudarah, which judges said were inextricably linked with Satudarah.
Around 100 members of the gang attended the high-security complex at Schiphol airport to hear the judgment. It is the second time in recent years that a court has banned membership of a motorcycle club, following a ruling against the Bandidos club last year.
The public prosecution service asked the court to ban Satudarah last September on the grounds that it ‘cultivates a violent image that is used for blackmail and intimidation’. Several club members have convictions for violence and possessing illegal weapons.
Prosecutors said the club was systematically involved in criminal activities and had created a subculture of lawlessness for its members. Satudarah was banned in Germany in 2015 when a court said it constituted a threat to society.
The ban imposed in The Hague will take effect straight away even though the club has said it intends to appeal.