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MOTORCYCLE CLUB ORDERED TO CEASE OPERATIONS AND SHUT DOWN

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CANNONBALL MC and its sub-organisation, Squad 32, have been ordered to cease all operations.

The District Court of Päijät-Häme on Wednesday viewed in its unanimous ruling that the motorcycle club had acted materially in violation of the law and commonly accepted principles of morality, according to YLE.

Prosecutor Timo Honkahuhta stated to the public broadcaster that the ruling was “expected and absolutely necessary” given the damage the organisations have caused to society.

The prosecution had argued that the main and dominant purpose of the organisations was to commit crimes and viewed that the organisations were structured in a manner that can be likened to an organised crime group.

The three judges concurred with the prosecution, highlighting that the members of the motorcycle clubs are in a command relationship with each other and have an obligation to follow orders. The members have additionally been grouped based on a scale of merit in the vein of a military organisation.

“The court ruled that arming yourself with firearms and having a strict hierarchy, rules and command structure are close to military activity. That means that the structures are such that aren’t permitted under the associations act,” Kimmo Nuotio, a professor of criminal law at the University of Helsinki, stated to YLE.

The ruling indicates that the clubs had operations in at least Heinola, Helsinki, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kausala, Kuopio, Seinäjoki, Turku and Ulvila, as well as Tallinn and Thailand.

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