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Hells Angel: cop raid damaged my terrace

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Hells Angel: cop raid damaged my terrace
Hanebuth. Photo: DPA
10:38 CEST+02:00
The German Hells Angels leader whose house was raided last week by police abseiling from a helicopter has complained that his property was damaged – and was given room for his complaints in the country's biggest newspaper.

“I'm mad as hell. I have nothing to answer for,” Frank Hanebuth, head of Hannover Hells Angels told the Bild newspaper on Sunday.

He said it would cost up to €30,000 to repair the gate and terrace – and complained that the police special forces had shot dead his dog in the raid.

The 47-year-old, who other newspapers said has good political and social connections in the area, was tolerated for years as he coordinated “security” in Hannover's red light district.

His lawyer testified for his character at the weekend. “My wife and I get on well with him,” Götz von Fromberg told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper (FAZ) on Sunday. “From my point of view he is intelligent and can behave himself very well.”

But the fact that Fromberg views Hanebuth as more than a client illustrates what the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper described on Monday as the “Hannover Connection” – a network of prominent and influential politicians and businessmen.

Fromberg told the FAZ that to avoid the allegation of proximity between Hells Angels and politicians, he chose not to invite Hanebuth to his birthday parties while his close friend Gerhard Schröder was German chancellor.

He said Hanebuth had nothing to do with the Hells Angels in Kiel – where police have for days been searching the foundations of a warehouse, convinced that a body is buried in the concrete there.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that the hunt for the remains of Tekin Bicer, who has been missing for two years, had produced results. This was denied on Monday by the state prosecutor who said the team did not expect anything until Tuesday.

The warehouse was one of nearly 90 locations which were searched in a huge operation last week – including a workshop which the Kieler Nachrichten newspaper said doubled as a torture cell.

The paper said that Bicer, who has been missing since spring 2010, was involved in the Hells Angel's drug dealing business and obviously got into their bad books. He had been tortured for several hours and then shot dead, the paper said. Police would only confirm they were searching the workshop.

The search for his remains continued on Tuesday, with large chunks of concrete removed from the warehouse to enable detectives to reach the area where he is thought to have been buried.

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