Eight members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club were arrested at Keflavík International Airport on Friday and denied entry to Iceland. They spent the night at the airport and 16 police officers followed them out of the country the next day.
The wives of two of the Hells Angels members, who were traveling with the group, could have entered Iceland if they had wanted to, but they chose to follow their husbands out of the country, Morgunbladid reports.
According to Morgunbladid, some of the arrested Hells Angels members have serious criminal histories and have committed crimes related to blackmail, drug trade and violent behavior. Their arrival was considered a threat to Iceland’s national security.
None of the detainees requested legal assistance, according to information from the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.
Oddgeir Einarsson, a lawyer at Opus, disagrees. He said his firm had been contacted in relation to this case on Friday, but that he had been barred from meeting the detainees.
The Hells Angels members had apparently planned a visit to Iceland to participate in the 11th anniversary of the Icelandic motorcycle club Fáfnir. Police searched the headquarters of Fáfnir on Thursday and confiscated both illegal weapons and drugs.
Following the operations Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason decided to tighten the security at Keflavík airport temporarily, the inner border of the Schengen area.
Due to alleged threat to national security, all Hells Angels members who arrived at Keflavík Airport last weekend could be arrested and deported, regardless of whether their criminal records were clean or not, Morgunbladid reports.
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