Prosecutor Timo Honkahuhta stated to the broadcaster that the decision was “expected and absolutely necessary” in view of the damage caused to society by the organizations.
The prosecutor had argued that the main and dominant purpose of the organizations was to commit crimes and considered that the organizations were structured in such a way that they could be compared to an organized criminal group.
Three judges agreed with the prosecutor, stressing that members of motorcycle clubs are in a command relationship with each other and have a duty to comply with regulations. The members are also grouped according to the merit scale of the military organization.
“The court held that arming with firearms and a strict hierarchy, rules and command structure are close to military action. This means that the structures are not allowed by the Association Act. ” Kimmo NuotioProfessor of Criminal Law at the University of Helsinki, told YLE.
The prosecutor received more support for his calls to crack down on drug and firearms crimes committed in 2021 by members of the organization Cannonball MC. A total of 12 members of the club were sentenced to probation and several others to lesser sentences. Crimes Revealed Based on FBI Intelligence.
On Wednesday, the Päijät-Häme District Court ruled, among other things, that the weapons found in the club premises show that they are part of the club’s activities.
It stated that the dissolution of clubs was justified because the promotion of crime and participation in illegal activities in support of such objectives did not fall within the scope of freedom of association.
According to YLE, Cannonball MC will be the first motorcycle club to be closed down in Finland. The District Court of Eastern Uusimaa ordered the criminal force of the United Brotherhood to cease all activities in 2021, while the Supreme Court issued a similar order to the Nazi group Nordic Resistance Movement in 2020.
It is still premature to speculate on how the decision could affect the activities of Cannonball MC if it is not overturned by the Court of Appeal. “Time will show how criminal activity reacts to this and what current club members decide to do with their lives,” Honkahuhta said.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page