Trial against 16 Hells Angels opens today
Former gang member expected to provide key testimony for prosecution
One of the nation’s biggest trials involving gang crime will get underway today when 16 people linked to the Hells Angels appear before a judge in Glostrup on charges of attempted murder, assault and weapons possession.
The 16, all members of Hells Angels or the affiliated gang HA 81, will reportedly plead innocent. The charges against them include six attempted murders taking place between April and October 2009 during an open conflict between the Hells Angels and immigrant gangs.
Much of the prosecution’s case will be built on the testimony of a 25-year-old former Hells Angel, who has explained that the attempted murders as well as a brutal beating of a rival gang member using a bat were ordered by senior gang member Brian Sandberg, one of the men standing trial.
The witness has already been sentenced to 12 years behind bars for his role in the crimes and police say his confessions have put his life at risk.
According to prosecutor Charlotte Alsing Juhl, the prosecution will also draw on the testimony of eyewitnesses and experts, as well as forensic evidence.
The trial is expected to continue through September.