Police are worried that the motorcycle club MC Iceland, formerly Fáfnir, will be formally inducted into the Hell’s Angels this weekend. The MC Iceland chairman says there is little to fear.
RÚV reports that MC Iceland will be taking a trip to Norway this weekend to be formally inducted in the international motorcycle club Hell’s Angels. This has police concerned, as prominent members of the Hell’s Angels in different countries have been connected to organised crime. A worry over motorcycle clubs in Iceland is a large part of the reason why the Minister of the Interior wants to expand police investigative powers.
Police told RÚV that they had previously confiscated firearms from the MC Iceland clubhouse, and they believe the club is connected to a number of break-ins.
MC Iceland chairman Einar “Boom“ Marteinsson told Vísir, however, that he found it strange the police should call MC Iceland an organised crime syndicate when no member of the club has ever been convicted of a crime.
Einar also addressed concerns that his club was planning on going to war with another club, the Black Pistons, who are formally aligned with The Outlaws, a motorcycle club often at odds with the Hell’s Angels. Einar said there was no need to fear any violence between the two, saying, “We aren’t at war with anyone.” He would not comment on the supposed induction ceremony in Oslo this weekend.
MC Iceland and the Hell’s Angels have been on good terms for at least two years now. At one point, MC Iceland even invited them here to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2009.
In recent years the Hells Angels have been regarded as an organised crime syndicate. The Hells Angels have countered this by pointing to community service and volunteer work that they have done in other countries.