Hells Angels search enchantment
Photograph: Rob Gibson
Police enter the Hells Angels Kelowna clubhouse on April 14.
Days after police entered the Hells Angels’ clubhouses in Kelowna, Nanaimo and East Vancouver to start seizure proceedings, the membership is trying to enchantment the case with Canada’s prime courtroom.
In accordance with reporting by the Vancouver Solar’s Kim Bolan, legal professionals for the Hells Angels filed an utility with the Supreme Court docket of Canada on Monday, looking for an enchantment of the BC Court docket of Attraction choice from earlier this yr that dominated in favour of the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Workplace.
The Supreme Court docket of Canada should first agree to listen to the enchantment earlier than the case proceeds.
The matter has been winding its approach by way of the courtroom for the reason that B.C. authorities first started its efforts to grab the Hells Angels Nanaimo clubhouse in 2007, a yr after the Civil Forfeiture Act turned legislation in B.C.
In August 2012, police raided the membership’s Kelowna clubhouse and the province started forfeiture proceedings towards it and the Hells Angels’ East Vancouver clubhouse a number of months later.
The federal government alleged the clubhouses can be used sooner or later to hold out prison exercise.
The properties have continued for use by the Hells Angels, though the belongings have been frozen since 2016.
In 2020, Justice Barry Davies lastly dominated in favour of the Hells Angels, and located the province didn’t have the authority to grab property primarily based on potential crimes that may very well be dedicated sooner or later.
However this previous February, greater than two and a half years after Justice Davies choice, the BC Court docket of Attraction overturned Justice Davies choice and dominated in favour of the seizure of the three properties.
On April 14, police in Kelowna, Nanaimo and East Vancouver entered the three properties to do stock inside and start the seizure proceedings.
It is not clear if a potential enchantment on the Supreme Court docket of Canada could delay the federal government’s seizure of the properties.