A German accused of organized crime actions whereas allegedly operating the Mallorca chapter of the Hells Angels bike membership testified earlier than a Spanish courtroom on Tuesday.
Frank Hanebuth, 58, is on trial with a dozen alleged members of the chapter and collaborators after 34 different defendants reached a plea settlement on the primary day of Monday’s hearings on the Madrid Excessive Courtroom.
He denied any skilled relationship with the opposite defendants.
Hanebuth additionally denied dwelling in Mallorca from 2011 to 2013, when prosecutors say the group operated on the Spanish vacationer island, and mentioned he solely went there for summer season holidays and for a pal’s birthday. Hanebuth mentioned the Hells Angels had been current in Mallorca from November 2009 to February 2011.
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He denied proudly owning a big property in Mallorca the place police discovered weapons and paperwork, or every other property in Spain.
The Spanish prosecutor charged Hanebuth with belonging to a legal group, cash laundering and unlawful possession of firearms. They’re asking for a 13-year jail sentence for him and a $4.9 million tremendous on the cash laundering cost.
Prosecutors allege Hanebuth appointed members who dedicated crimes reminiscent of extortion, sexual exploitation and robberies at well-liked vacationer spots. They mentioned the group had additionally moved into actual property in Majorca and the close by island of Ibiza.
The trial is anticipated to final a number of days.