Jul 10 2018

Germany bans biker group linked to Turkey’s Erdoğan

Germany’s Interior Ministry has banned a biker group reputed to have links to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle said on Tuesday.

A ministry statement said Osmanen Germania BC " presents a serious danger for individual legally protected rights and for the general public".

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the outlawing of the 300-member group was part of crackdown on organised crime.

Eight members of the group, accused of having close ties to Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), are currently on trial in Stuttgart facing charges including attempted murder, extortion, drug trafficking, deprivation of liberty and forced prostitution.