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Why German Hell's Angels seek refuge in Luxembourg

Why German Hell's Angels seek refuge in Luxembourg

3 min. 06.08.2015 From our online archive
Luxembourg appears to be becoming a 'refuge' for renegade 'Hell's Angels' members. Two out of eight of local groups bearing Luxembourg patches, have been transferred from their 'asylum' back to Germany.

(ADW) Luxembourg appears to be becoming a 'refuge' for renegade 'Hell's Angels' members. Two out of eight of local groups bearing Luxembourg patches, have been transferred from their 'asylum' back to Germany. 

Their absence was an attempt to bring peace in the German biker war, however conflicts seem to be more frequent than ever.

For years now a raging power struggle has been going on within the German branch of Hell's Angels. Traditional members are now facing a new, emerging generation rising up the ranks with differing views and values. Notably allowing those with Turkish backgrounds to join, but a lot more differences beside. The resulting conflicts have sometimes turned violent and bloody.

As reported previously in the "Luxemburger Wort", the Grand Duchy plays a crucial role in this veritable Hell's Angels war.

In relation to a previous peak in confrontations in 2013 and 2014, Luxembourg played the part of a Hell's Angels offshoot and received renegade members from Germany, allowing them to set up a new “charter” under the Luxembourg flag.

This may seem odd at first glance, but makes sense when the internal rules of the group are taken into consideration. The board of one country cannot impose sanctions on members of a group from another country.

The influence of the nomads

Six Luxembourg clubs have emerged but within Germany, such as in Giessen, Cologne and Kaiserslautern. This procedure, in which, according to insiders, the local group "Luxembourg Nomads" was responsible, is interesting for both sides.

It means that the rebellious Hell's Angel from Germany can continue to carry out their activities proving that the Luxembourg gain in Germany clearly has an influence.

It was obvious from the start that the traditional wing of the Hell's Angels would not simply accept this as a new group with members originating from their own ranks, would dare to expand in territories held by the old-timers.

As a result, conciliation attempts were made several times, but talks broke down. On July 5, the self-proclaimed "New School" received significant criticism from global Hell's Angels at a management level.

"Luxembourg question" at the summit

In a "World Meeting" in Greece, the recommendation was made to close the two Luxembourg charters "G-Town" and "C-Town". With the agreement of all German charters these were then reopened as German clubs in Giessen and Cologne. In plain language this means that the two groups founded in Luxembourg and regarded as very powerful local groups to Germany were transferred.

Whether other Luxembourg-German charters will take this approach remains to be seen. The power struggle between the two Hell's Angels 'streams' is certainly not over considering this development.

Hazardous crosslinks

Careless handling of the inner-German war and Hell's Angels crime as a whole should be avoided at all costs in Luxembourg. If an escalation occurs established groups in the Grand Duchy charters are at the forefront.

How close the cross-connections actually are, only became clear last March. At the opening of the Hell's Angels club's subsidiary organisation in Wasserbillig, information obtained by Luxemburger Wort, indicated that one of the main characters of the biker war was among the guests, namely Aygün Mucuk. He is known as the leader of the “G-Town” charter that was embroiled in a sensational shootout in Frankfurt in July 2014.

Reporting by Steve Remesch

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