Celine Trachsel and Luisa Ita
Wild fights with poles, wooden slats and at least one gun: A turf war among motorcycle clubs (MCs) degenerated completely in May 2019 in Belp BE. An “unannounced attempt at intimidation” by several Broncos and Hells Angels in the new club of the rival Bandidos led to numerous injuries – one Hells Angel was also shot.
Now 22 rockers have to answer before the Bern-Mittelland regional court. It’s going to be a monster process. The public prosecutor’s office will have to prove that each individual took part in the fight. Two suspects are also charged with attempted murder. The trial is scheduled to last a month.
A week of questioning, a week of party lectures
The largest room, the Assisensaal, was reserved for this purpose in the Bern administration building. This is only used in particularly large negotiations, such as the trial against the “Effi 29” squatters in May 2021. It’s no wonder that the biker trial is now also taking place in the Assisensaal: with all the accused, lawyers, judges and guests, the negotiation on a huge scale.
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A week-long interrogation of the accused is planned. Then follows a week with all party lectures, i.e. the pleadings of the defense, prosecution and lawyers of the private prosecutors. Finally, the judges deliberate for a week and a half. The verdict is expected to fall on June 30th. The presumption of innocence applies to the accused.
No statements expected from the bikers
The first week, in which the bikers are questioned by the judges, is unlikely to be of much interest to the viewers. Because: “Experience has shown that members of such groups refuse to testify,” says the Aargau lawyer André Kuhn (47).
There could even be acquittals for lack of evidence: “The judge must be able to prove his guilt to the accused in the proceedings beyond a doubt, and that is usually the difficulty. Simply being present at a crime is not enough, and it is often not possible to clearly identify the individuals involved in such events,” says Kuhn. Because the bikers are dressed similarly and, depending on the quality of the recordings, cannot always be identified without a doubt, even on photos or videos.
Lawyer André Kuhn: “Danger of blackout is much higher here”(01:38)
That happened on the day in question
The court will have to clarify what exactly happened on May 11, 2019 and who played what role. It is known that before the attack, members of the Bandidos MC drove to Sugiez FR on Lake Murten together with other bikers. They met Broncos at a local motorbike dealer’s spring show. Eyewitnesses told SonntagsBlick that the atmosphere was relaxed and they shook hands.
But someone must have informed the Hells Angels about the appearance of the Bandidos – worldwide Hells and Bandidos are enemies to the core. When the Bandidos drove to their new clubhouse in Belp after Mass to celebrate a birthday with fellow Bandidos from Germany, Austria and Greece, Broncos and Hells gathered in a nearby parking lot.
Look at the Hells Angels: “They said it would be better if I took my leave”(04:00)
Hit Hell’s Angel in the stomach
The approximately 20 Bandidos and supporters in the bar on Steinbachstrasse in Belp got wind of it and prepared for trouble. They barricaded their driveway with vehicles and armed themselves. The attackers showed up just before 6 p.m. A wild, uncoordinated brawl broke out with wooden slats, iron bars and knives on the forecourt and in the street.
One of the Bandidos first fired into the air and then opened fire with his 9mm pistol at an approaching car in which four angels of hell were sitting – hitting one of them.
Sad results: The victim suffered a bullet through the stomach and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, a second angel of hell was seriously injured with a knife and several bikers suffered head injuries, some of which had to be sewn up. The police arrested 34 people after the incident, and the public prosecutor eventually brought charges against 22 of them. The alleged shooter, an Emmentaler (37), is in Regensdorf ZH in the Pöschwies prison in early prison.
Look at the Hells Angels: “You don’t have to be afraid of us”(02:32)