Germany bans Turkish biker gang Osmanen Germania
Germany has banned a Turkish biker gang on allegations it is involved in organized crime and represents a threat to the general public.
In addition to allegations the gang is involved in organized crime, German authorities have said the group is believed to have ties to some deputies of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and has been involved in intimidation of its critics in Germany.
The group has 22 local chapters across Germany with around 300 members, many with Turkish roots, according to the Interior Ministry.
A trial of eight members of the group began in the German city of Stuttgart on March 26.
The members are accused of getting involved in a number of criminal activities, including drug and gun dealing, attempted murder, soliciting prostitution, and blackmailing.
The suspects are believed to have committed a number of crimes between 2016 and 2017 in Baden Württemberg state. According to the indictment, the club “attempts to kill” members desiring to leave the organization.