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6 The Portugal News • 20 Jul 2019                                  News


      89 Hells Angels charged                                                   N N N N N  Portuguese Head of State visits



       The 89 defendants have been charged with crimes relating to attempted    KIM       EMCDDA
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       murder, extortion, drug trafficking and other violent offences.                     “We cannot allow the positive results of public policies to
                                                                                           “We cannot allow the positive results of public policies to
                                                                                           “We cannot allow the positive results of public policies to
                                                                                           “We cannot allow the positive results of public policies to
                                                                                           “We cannot allow the positive results of public policies to
                                                                                          diminish the importance of the drugs issue on the political
                                                                                          diminish the importance of the drugs issue on the political
                                                                                          diminish the importance of the drugs issue on the political
                                                                                          diminish the importance of the drugs issue on the political
                                                                     Mário Machado.       diminish the importance of the drugs issue on the political
                                                                     The defendants       agenda”, said President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
                                                                                          agenda”, said President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
                                                                                          agenda”, said President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
                                                                                          agenda”, said President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
                                                                                          agenda”, said President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
                                                                     destroyed the
                                                                     establishment during   Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has  and act on, emerging threats.
                                                                     the incident, causing  visited the EU drugs agency    The President said: ‘We cannot
                                                                     damage valued        (EMCDDA) for an insight into the  allow the positive results of public
                                                                     around at least      work of the agency and the latest  policies over the last 20 years to
                                                                     €14,450.             trends and developments in the  diminish the importance of the
                                                                     The prosecutors of the  drug situation in Europe. This was  drugs issue on the political agenda.
                                                                     Central Department of  the President’s first visit to the  Nothing is ever definitively won. EU
                                                                     Criminal Investigation  EMCDDA since he took office.  Member States must continue to
                                                                     and Action (DCIAP)     President Rebelo de Sousa was  invest in knowledge and information
                                                                     concluded that the   briefed by EMCDDA Director Alexis  to support effective interventions that
                                                                     conduct of the Hells  Goosdeel on the key findings from  contribute to reducing the social
                                                                     Angels members       the European Drug Report 2019  harms of drug use and trafficking.
                                                                     involved in the process  and the Portugal Country Drug  This effort must be achieved
                                                                     “followed operational  Report 2019.                 collectively, because only together
                                                                     planning, by recruiting   During the visit, the head of state  can EU countries tackle this
                                                                     members and          met members of the agency’s 100-  increasingly sophisticated problem’.
                                                                     supporters, procuring  strong staff and learned about their  Presenting the agency’s Strategy
      Members of the Hells Angels in Portugal have been charged with crimes
      Members of the Hells Angels in Portugal have been charged with crimes
      Members of the Hells Angels in Portugal have been charged with crimes
      Members of the Hells Angels in Portugal have been charged with crimes
      Members of the Hells Angels in Portugal have been charged with crimes
      relating to attempted murder, extortion, drug trafficking and other  weapons, wearing  ongoing projects and challenges. Dr  2025, Alexis Goosdeel said: ‘The
      relating to attempted murder, extortion, drug trafficking and other
      relating to attempted murder, extortion, drug trafficking and other
      relating to attempted murder, extortion, drug trafficking and other
      relating to attempted murder, extortion, drug trafficking and other
      violent offences. (Photo: EPA/Pieter Franken)                  ‘camouflage’ clothing,  João Goulão, Portuguese member  EMCDDA contributes to a healthier
      violent offences. (Photo: EPA/Pieter Franken)
      violent offences. (Photo: EPA/Pieter Franken)
      violent offences. (Photo: EPA/Pieter Franken)
      violent offences. (Photo: EPA/Pieter Franken)
                                                                     arranging transport,  of the EMCDDA Management      and more secure Europe, through
          n a note issued by  violence, robbery,  armed with hammers,  defining concentration  Board, also attended the event.  better informed drug policy and
          the Attorney     narcotics trafficking,  rods, iron chains, axes,  points and tasks  The EMCDDA provides the EU  action. Working with policymakers
          General’s Office,  possession of      sticks and knives to try  during the attack, as  and its Member States with  and practitioners from both the
      Ian indictment has   prohibited weapons   to “kill four people and  well as escape route  ‘factual, objective, reliable and  health and law enforcement
      been filed against 89  and ammunition, as  seriously wound six  planning.           comparable information’ on drugs  domains, we provide evidence for
      defendants belonging  well as drug use.   others.” According to a   Of the 89 defendants,  and drug addiction and their  decisions which affect European
      to the Hells Angels  The convictions relate  report by Lusa news  37 remain in custody,  consequences, offering an  citizens, particularly those touched
      Motorcycle Club      to an incident which  agency, the Hells   five are under house  evidence base on the European  by drug use and trafficking. We will
      relating to criminal  took place on 24    Angels members       arrest and two are   drugs problem to inform        continue to enrich our monitoring
      association, qualified  March, 2018 which  wanted to attack the  currently detained in  policymaking and practice. As well as  system with novel data sources and
      homicide, qualified  saw the defendants   Red & Gold group,    Germany awaiting     monitoring the drug situation today,  techniques to help us keep pace
      physical offense,    going in to a restaurant  created by extreme  extradition to   the agency operates early-warning  with new trends and
      extortion, damage with  in Prior Velho, Loures,  right-wing radical  Portugal.      mechanisms to remain vigilant to,  developments.’
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