Wednesday, April 19, 2023

B.C. seizes three Hells Angels clubhouses - update II

The Hells Angels have filed an application in Ottawa seeking leave to appeal the Feb. 15 ruling stripping the club of it's 3 clubhouses in B.C. Canada’s highest court must agree to hear the appeal for it to proceed. Of the 600 applications for leave the court gets each year, about 80 are granted.
The land titles for the clubhouses at 3598 East Georgia in Vancouver, 805 Victoria Rd. in Nanaimo and 837 Ellis St. in Kelowna were transferred to “His Majesty the King” on March 17. The HAMC have until Monday to ask the Supreme Court of Canada for permission to appeal. 
The provincial government on Friday moved to seize three Hells Angels clubhouses, including one in Kelowna. Cops arrived at the home on Ellis Street Friday morning, with similar operations underway in Nanaimo and East Vancouver. Two months ago, the BC Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision and ruled in favour of the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office, allowing the government to seize the three clubhouses.

837 Ellis Street, Kelowna
After a decade of legal wrangling B.C. can seize three HAMC clubhouses. In 2020, Justice Davies ruled that there was insufficient evidence that crimes committed by members were done at the direction or for the benefit of the Hells Angels, and were not facilitated by the clubhouses.3598 E. Georgia Street, Vancouver.

805 Victoria Rd, Nanaimo
He struck down a section of the Civil Forfeiture Act. The Director of Civil Forfeiture appealed the decision. Three supreme court judges decided that the clubhouses have and will continue to enhance a member’s ability to commit crime. The appeal was granted and the land titles for the Nanaimo, Vancouver and Kelowna clubhouses will be handed over to the province.

Last year HA lawyers swore an affidavit that their legal bills and disbursements exceeded $3.3m. B.C. Hells Angels Rick Ciarniello and Damiano Dipopolo took the stand for the club.
See ----->Damiano Dipopolo's defamation lawsuit against Dennis Watson