Dhe rocker group “Bandidos MC Federation West Central”, which is particularly active in western Germany, is now banned and dissolved. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) published the prohibition order on Monday in coordination with the interior ministers of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate, as the ministry announced.
In these four federal states as well as in Thuringia, almost 1800 police officers searched club houses and apartments of alleged members of the group at the beginning of July. Weapons, ammunition, drugs, motorcycles, storage media and large amounts of cash were seized. By evaluating the findings, the investigators also gained additional insight into the structure of the grouping. Vests with badges, so-called frocks, were also taken with them.
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the rocker group, which has its main focus in North Rhine-Westphalia, is not primarily concerned with riding a motorcycle together, as stated in the association's statutes. The purpose of the "Bandidos MC Federation West Central" and its now also banned sub-organizations is rather "to strive for a territorial and financial increase in power within the rocker scene and to enforce corresponding claims regularly with violence, especially against other rocker groups in its regional area of influence". So at the beginning of 2019 had one Shootout in downtown Cologne caused horror. The exchange of fire was probably part of the power struggle between "Bandidos" and rockers from the "Hells Angels".
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the fact that crimes were not only tolerated by the "Bandidos MC Federation West Central", but also promoted and rewarded, can also be seen from the fact that "there are various" patches "of the association that are awarded to members, who have committed crimes within the meaning of the association ". The crimes committed included grievous bodily harm and attempted and consummated homicides.
Most recently, rockers in North Rhine-Westphalia tried to defend themselves against prohibition orders
The ministry referred to the trial before the Hagen district court against alleged leading members of the group and leading members of an already banned "Chapter" of the Bandidos from Hagen on suspicion of forming a criminal organization. The rockers had recently tried in North Rhine-Westphalia to legally defend themselves against prohibition orders from North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU). After the searches at the beginning of July, investigations into violations of the weapons law had also been initiated in Hesse.
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the "Bandidos MC" was founded in Texas, USA in 1966 and has been represented in Germany since 1999.
The Federal Constitutional Court had confirmed a tightened “cowl ban” for criminal rockers last year. After the decision, motorcycle clubs have to accept that the logos of prohibited groups may not be worn by other rockers in a slightly modified form. The Karlsruhe judges dismissed three lawsuits against the 2017 tightened “cowl ban”.