Published December 12, 2011
The Hells Angels of Iceland have strongly objected to being called an organised crime syndicate, and are planning to sue the Ministry of the Interior, the national police force and the Icelandic government for slander.
The Icelandic government has many times expressed worry about the arrival of motorcycle clubs in Iceland, and the Hells Angels are no exception. Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson, as well as national police chief Haraldur Johannesson among others, have all spoken out that the Hells Angels motorcycle club is a criminal organisation.
Einar Marteinsson, president of the Hells Angels in Iceland, doesn’t see it that way, and shared with Vísir his thoughts on the opinion the authorities have of his motorcycle club.
“We find it unacceptable that the supervisor of the courts in Iceland and the supervisor of the police would speak this way without taking responsibility for it,” he said in part. Einar added that the assessment of the police that the Hells Angels are a criminal organisation was based on news articles in foreign papers, and that “there is no evidence for any of it.”
Einar emphasised that members of the Hells Angels in Iceland all hold day jobs, among them carpenters and fishermen.
The slander case has yet to go to court.