ON THE FIRST day of a mass trial of members of a Mallorca-based Hells Angels chapter, 34 of the nearly 50 defendants reached plea bargains.

The judicial process began on Monday at the National Court of Spain in Madrid, but delays in the start of the trial gave the gang members – the majority of German origin – the opportunity to reach agreements that greatly reduced their sentences.

The 34 defendants agreed to terms of between six months and 12 and a half years in prison after admitting their crimes, with jail terms avoidable by paying a fine.

The defendants were tried for events dating back to November 2009, when they set up the Hells Angels chapter on the Balearic island of Mallorca. They are accused of engaging in drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering and extortion.

According to the prosecutor, they enjoyed a “high-end lifestyle”, owned real estate through intermediaries and acted with extreme violence.

They are also accused of hiding their illicit profits from the Spanish Tax Agency.

Among those who reached a plea bargain on Monday was Khalil Youssafi, the chapter’s vice president.

He faced 38 and a half years in prison, but eventually accepted a jail term of 12 years and six months, which can be substituted by a fine of €36,720.

He admitted the crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, money laundering, prostitution, drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons, among others.

Prosecutor’s sources said The world that the deals had closed for various reasons. Among them, the slowness of the trial (the arrests were made in 2013 and four years have passed since the charges were brought before the court), as well as the difficulties in proving some of the most serious crimes.

The trial will continue, however, with the remaining defendants, including Frank Hanebuth, a key figure of the Hannover Hells Angels, who faces 13 years in prison, and Abdelghani Youssafi, the group’s treasurer and Khalil’s brother.

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