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Minister of Justice to Bar Hells Angels from Iceland

Danish Minister of Justice Lars Barfoed is not going to look into whether the Danish Constitution can be used to ban the operations of motorcycle clubs such as Hells Angels in Denmark.

However, his Icelandic counterpart, Ragna Árnadóttir (pictured), is keen on using the Icelandic Constitution to prevent the club from launching operations in Iceland, visir.is reports.

Árnadóttir said she is surprised that Danish authorities believe that a dubious organization must already be rooted in a society and have begun criminal activity before actions can be taken. “It is very interesting that the Danish believe they cannot be banned before harm is done,” the minister said.

She added that Icelandic authorities are gravely concerned about the fact that Iceland might be about to become part of an international criminal community.

“Therefore we have been looking at possible ways to prevent it,” Árnadóttir explained, referring to the government looking into whether an organization which has an unlawful purpose can be dissolved as stated in the Icelandic Constitution.

“We want to see if it can be done because we cannot sit around without taking action and watch this happen,” the minister said.

Barfoed bases his conclusion on a report conducted by the Danish State Attorney and the National Police Commissioner, which was intended to find out whether Hells Angels is dangerous and that criminal activity is their goal.

They discovered that such an organization can only be dissolved provided it is proven that it is their defined goal to undertake criminal activities and violent practices. The report states that it is difficult to find such proof.

The leader of the Hells Angels club in Norway has sued the Icelandic state for deporting him.

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