A former leader of the Hells Angels in Europe could face up to 13 years in prison if convicted of running a chapter of a motorcycle club linked to organized crime on the Spanish island of Mallorca.
German national Frank Henboth appeared in court with 49 alleged accomplices from multiple countries, at least 34 of whom agreed to a plea deal that allowed them to pay fines instead of serving time.
Henboth did not make the deal.
Some of the defendants were of German, Greek or British origin and needed an interpreter to follow the proceedings, which were conducted in Spanish.
Three accused participated via video link from Germany.
Spanish prosecutors have charged Honeybooth with membership of a criminal organization, money laundering and illegal possession of firearms.
He is also asking the judge overseeing the trial to fine him €4.2m (£3.7m) for money laundering.
In addition to belonging to a criminal organization, the other defendants have been charged with prostitution and drug trafficking, and face up to 38 years in prison.
According to the criminal indictment, the Hells Angels carried out illegal activities in Mallorca from 2009 to 2013 under the leadership of Henniboth.
Hannibeth recruited members who then carried out crimes including extortion, prostitution, illegal possession of firearms and robberies at popular tourist spots, prosecutors said.
They also moved into real estate on Mallorca and the nearby island of Ibiza, prosecutors said.
Hells Angels in Europe are believed to have chosen Mallorca because of its large foreign population and money laundering and drug trafficking schemes.
According to the indictment, the Mallorca chapter of the gang was strongly international, recruiting from as far away as the Dominican Republic and Morocco.
One of the defendants who took a plea deal was Paul Whitworth, a British associate of Honeybooth who prosecutors say maintains ties to the Addams Family, a notorious British crime syndicate. The gang is also known as the Clerkenwell Crime Syndicate.
Honeyboth also maintained contact with his German base in Hanover, prosecutors said.
The trial is expected to last several weeks.
for more News Click here