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How Hells Angels are bringing violence and extortion to MAJORCA: Biker gang led by 6ft 5in German is terrorising tourists and locals at popular destination for holidaymaker Brits

The notorious Hells Angels have unleashed a new wave of violence and extortion across sunny Majorca, with locals and tourists revealing they now ‘live in fear’ of the biker gang.

Led by 6ft 5in German biker and former professional boxer Frank Hanebuth, the group has been involved in a spate of criminal activities ranging from ruling a drugs and prostitution ring on the Spanish island to extortion.

Hanebuth made his name as a fearsome gang boss in the 1990s as the leader of the Bones motorcycle club, and was pally with Kurdish and Albanian gangs who controlled Steintor red light district in his home town of Hanover.

He merged the Bones with the Hells Angels in 1999 and ran his ‘security and gastronomy’ business in Hanover, before German police special forces arrested him in 2012 on a manslaughter charge that was later dropped.

Hanebuth then turned his attention towards Majorca where he became president of the local Hells Angels chapter and has been wreaking havoc for over a decade. 

Frank Hanebuth, 59, is the current president of the Hells Angels Majorca Chapter

Terrifying surveillance footage captured the moment the feared biker gang attacked a restaurant owner in Playa de Palma, Majorca, in March

Terrifying surveillance footage captured the moment the feared biker gang attacked a restaurant owner in Playa de Palma, Majorca, in March

The 6ft 5in German giant donning a biker jacket with the title 'President' stitched to the front

The 6ft 5in German giant donning a biker jacket with the title ‘President’ stitched to the front

The most recent reports from Palma, Majorca, involve the Hells Angels president and his second-in-command being arrested after beating a local restaurant owner on March 19.

The duo were accused of extortion for demanding €10,000 from the restaurant owner – although it wasn’t made clear whether it was Hanebuth who was arrested as the ‘leader’ remained unnamed.

During the attack, the victim also had a €7,000 gold chain snatched from his neck by the gang leader and his crony before they fled the premises.

The pair were later released which has sparked concerns among tourists and residents who worry for their safety as the gang members have been allowed to ‘roam freely’ through the Playa de Palma streets.

Speaking to Ultima Hora, one German tourist said he fears the group ‘want to rule the entire area’ and is desperately calling on authorities to find a remedy to the growing threat before their stronghold over the popular island. 

THE HELLS ANGELS TRIAL 

In January last year, the Hells Angels organised crime trial began in Spain, where prosecutors sought a 13-year prison sentence and a fine of €4.2 million for Hanebuth.

He was arrested in July 2013 after a German national reported being targeted by the Palma Beach Hells Angels gang in a business dispute that spiralled into a violent spat.

Spanish police claimed to have uncovered a network of brothels, drug trafficking and protection rackets in nightlife hotspots in Majorca, with biker gang members brought to the popular holiday island from around Europe. 

Hanebuth arrived at a court in Palma, Majorca, on July 25, 2013, alongside his two lawyers before a judge listed a swathe of allegations against him.

These included money laundering, extortion, pimping, acquiring illegal firearms, robbery in popular tourist spots, and membership of a criminal organisation – the Hells Angels.

Other alleged leading members were also charged with running a prostitution ring and drug trafficking, and faced up to 38 years in prison.

Hanebuth was first arrested in Majorca in 2013. As the man in charge of the Hells Angels operations in Spain, he and other Hells Angels were accused of forming a criminal organization, promoting illegal prostitution, drug trafficking and money laundering

The organised crime boss was taken to a court in Palma, Majorca, on July 25, 2013

Hanebuth pictured being arrested by Spanish police, with his famous 'Mallorca' tattoo on his lower leg

Hanebuth pictured being arrested by Spanish police, with his famous ‘Mallorca’ tattoo on his lower leg

Prostitution is semi-legal in Spain, with the act of paid sex deemed as a voluntary activity in 1995.

According to prosecutors, prostitution was one of the ‘main sources of income’ for the Majorca chapters of the Hells Angels who allegedly coerced women into working in brothels and forced them to undergo medical procedures that would make them more ‘attractive’.

Prostitutes were allegedly used to scout for potential recruits to work in the brothels and to act as mules carrying drugs and cash to and from Spain. 

Prosecutors also said Hanebuth and his cronies moved into real estate in Majorca and nearby Ibiza as these were popular with foreigners. 

Although mainly made up of German members, the Majorca chapter of the globally-recognised biker gang was strongly international, with recruits from the Dominican Republic to Morocco – and even to Britain. 

Just two days before the trial took place, Spanish special forces, supported by German officials, searched several bars and apartments across Majorca and arrested more than 20 Hells Angels, most of them Germans, reported Suddeutsche Zeitung at the time.

The mass raid and arrests were both carried out and ordered by the National Court in Madrid, which is responsible for combatting gangs and organised crime.

The Spanish Interior Minister spoke of a ‘hard blow’ against the Hells Angels following the arrests, which was part of a campaign called ‘Operation Casablanca’. 

The biker gang allegedly conducted illegal activities on the Spanish island from 2009 to 2013 – all while under Hanebuth’s leadership, according to the criminal indictment.

Hanebuth also had plans in 2013 to build a Formula One circuit in Majorca before he was detained, police claimed at the time.

They believed the gang planned to use millions of pounds in crime proceeds to invest in a series of businesses, including the racing track. 

During his 2013 trial, the judge allegedly asked Hanebuth if he was a member of the motorcycle gang in Majorca, to which he reportedly replied he was: ‘President’. 

Hanebuth appeared in court alongside 49 alleged collaborators from several countries, at least 34 of whom agreed to a plea deal allowing them to pay fines instead of serving time behind bars.

Khalil Youssafi, accused of being one of the leaders of the gang, faced 38 years in prison for crimes including kidnapping, making threats and drug trafficking, but avoided prison altogether by paying a fine of €36,000.

One of the defendants who took a plea deal was Paul Witworth, a British associate of Hanebuth’s who prosecutors say maintained links with the Adams Family, a notorious UK gang also known as The Clerkenwell Crime Syndicate. 

Hanebuth did not seek a deal.

After a month in solitary confinement, he was remanded in normal custody in September 2013 and was transferred to Madrid with 17 other suspects in October of the same year.  

In December 2013, he was held in the high-security wing of a prison in El Puerto de Santa Maria in southern Spain.

At a hearing in June 2015, an investigating judge ruled that Hanebuth must remain in custody, and just two years after his arrest in Majorca, the Hells Angel boss was released on bail of €60,000.

HANEBUTH’S RELEASE AND MARRIAGE 

On his return back to his home in Hanover, Germany, he was greeted by cheering fans who gathered in the streets to greet him as he toured around in a white limousine.

Similar scenes were witnessed on the day of his wedding to his longtime girlfriend Anne Sarah Naumann, in July 2017.

In July 2017, Hanebuth married his longtime girlfriend Anne Sarah Naumann

In July 2017, Hanebuth married his longtime girlfriend Anne Sarah Naumann

The pair tied the knot in Bissendorf, near Hanover

Over 300 guests attended the wedding

The pair tied the knot in a celebrity-style wedding in Bissendorf, near Hanebuth’s hometown of Hanover

Sarah wore a white gown with a plunging neckline as they got married in front of 300 guests

Sarah wore a white gown with a plunging neckline as they got married in front of 300 guests

Around 50 of Hanebuth's biker pals made an appearance at the wedding and drove ahead of the couple's Rolls-Royce during the procession

Around 50 of Hanebuth’s biker pals made an appearance at the wedding and drove ahead of the couple’s Rolls-Royce during the procession

Hanebuth now remains on the Spanish island as the leader of the Hells Angels Majorca chapter

The couple arrived in a white Rolls-Royce Ghost as roads were closed due to the number of onlookers

Hanebuth now remains on the Spanish island as the leader of the Hells Angels Majorca chapter as police continue their investigations into the recent Playa de Palma attack

The organised crime boss donned a black suit and bowtie as he tied the knot to the blonde beauty at Saint Michael’s Church in Bissendorf, near Hanover.

In a plunging gown, Sarah was pictured with Hanebuth as 300 guests watched over the celebrity-level wedding.

After the ceremony the couple arrived at their afterparty in a white Rolls-Royce Ghost as 30 Harley Davidson bikes rattled in front.

The bridesmaids followed in white stretch Hummers. 

Because hundreds of guests and onlookers came, streets had to be closed at short notice and traffic was redirected around the small town. 

Hanebuth now remains on the Spanish island as the leader of the Hells Angels Majorca chapter while investigators look into the recent attacks in Playa de Palma.

The victim of the brutal attack, that was captured in terrifying surveillance footage, spoke out following the ordeal and told local media that the gang boss had stormed his restaurant and blackmailed him.

He revealed the boss told him: ‘If you want to keep the shop open, you have to pay us 10,000 euros. If you don’t pay, you’ll get in a lot of trouble’.

Hanebuth and his second-in-command are also accused of extortion after demanding ¿10,000 from the restaurant owner

Hanebuth and his second-in-command are also accused of extortion after demanding €10,000 from the restaurant owner

The Hells Angel boss cornered a restaurant owner in his office before leaving him with a broken jaw and in need of surgery

The Hells Angel boss cornered a restaurant owner in his office before leaving him with a broken jaw and in need of surgery

Tourists and locals have revealed they are worried the gang want to 'take over the entire area'

Tourists and locals have revealed they are worried the gang want to ‘take over the entire area’

The restaurant owner explained he and his family now ‘live in fear’ and have even considered selling their house and leaving Majorca as a result of the gangs terrifying  clutch on the island.

‘The damage, apart from the physical injuries , is very large. Our customers, the vast majority of whom are German vacationers and residents , are afraid to come to our restaurant. They are afraid that there could be further robberies and attacks.’ he added.

Following last week’s attack on a restauranteur, other staff members from eateries around the town have also voiced their fears on the the biker thugs.

One told the Spanish news outlet: ‘When they pass by we try to go unnoticed, but the climate of tension is palpable.

‘They come to a bar, consume and don’t pay. If you tell them something they threaten you, it is unbearable’.

Spain’s National Police are currently investigating the attack and analysing the security footage and are expected to visit other locations on the island that have reported incidents involving the Hells Angels. 

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club was formed in the United States in 1948 and has some 5,000 members at about 350 branches – dubbed ‘chapters’ – around the world.

The group founded its Majorca chapter in 2009, according to Spanish authorities. 

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