Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Operation SharQc ends with a whimper as last Hells Angel pleads guilty to conspiracy

Robert Bonomo
The last remaining case in Operation SharQc ended with a whimper as one of the founding members of the Hells Angels in Canada pleaded guilty to being part of the gang’s biker war in Quebec. Robert Bonomo, 69, became a Hells Angels when a gang called the Popeyes was patched over to the world’s biggest international outlaw motorcycle gang in 1977.

In April 2009, almost every member of the Hells Angels based in Quebec was arrested and charged with the conspiracy, which involved the gang’s bloody war with rivals in the province between 1994 and 2002. Operation SharQc involved 156 people on one indictment. In 2011, 31 who were only charged with drug trafficking, saw their cases stayed after the Crown took too long to bring their cases to trial.
Bonomo was left with a one-day prison term. He served 15 months behind bars while he was detained. The Quebec Court of Appeal significantly reduced the sentences of 35 other Hells Angels to make up for an abuse of process carried out by the Crown in Operation SharQc. Last year the murder trial of five men ended after the Crown failed to divulge key evidence to defence lawyers until the trial was well underway. The five Hells Angels walked away free men.