The Icelandic motorcycle club Fáfnir has disbanded as it formally became a Hells Angels support club last week, its official name being MC Prospect of Hells Angels Iceland. Some club members are suspected of extensive fraud and the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police wants the club to be banned.
A motorcycle at an exposition in Iceland earlier this year. The photo is unrelated to the story. By Páll Kjartansson.
According to Fréttabladid’s sources from within the police department, the almost ISK 50 million (USD 397,000, EUR 256,000), which four young men confessed to having defrauded from the Housing Financing Fund last summer, might have been the final test which Fáfnir had to pass before it could officially become a Hells Angels support club.
The four men were all connected with Fáfnir. A fifth man, who was recently arrested on suspicion of having organized the fraud, is the older brother of one of these men and is also connected with Fáfnir.
Fréttabladid states that it is common for Hells Angels to demand applicants undertake crimes like this to prove their worth. The money remains missing and police believe that the men who were arrested had been prepared to serve time for stealing it.
Members of Fáfnir recently attended a Hells Angels meeting in England and returned as official supporters of the club. According to Haraldur Johannessen, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, the Icelandic Hells Angels can apply for full membership to the club in the latter part of next year.
Johannessen said police consider the presence of Hells Angels in Iceland a serious development, since the club is defined as an organized crime association. Therefore there is reason to make all operations of such associations in Iceland illegal with law amendments.
A steering group on organized crime, which was established in 2004, assembled yesterday because of the news of Fáfnir. Following the meeting, the group’s chairman discussed the possibility of undertaking such law amendments with employees of the Ministry of Justice.
“Hells Angels is first and foremost about crime and profits from illegal operations and has caused disturbances and terror in Denmark and other Nordic countries,” Johannessen stated.
“The message is very clear from the police forces in this country: we will do everything in our power, in cooperation with the customs and other parties in Iceland and abroad, to try to prevent organized crime becoming rooted in Icelandic society and being allowed to grow here without interference,” Johannessen concluded.
The chairman of MC Prospect of Hells Angels Iceland, Einar “Boom” Marteinsson, told Stöd 2 on Sunday that the club is only about riding motorcycles.
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