Saskatoon Hells Angels defend members after mine firings

Three Hells Angels in Saskatoon say they're not criminals and have survived years of "relentless investigations" by Saskatoon police.

Members answer questions from CBC through Vancouver lawyer

Hells Angels outside Saskatoon. (CBC)

Three Hells Angels in Saskatoon say they're "trustworthy, experienced, hardworking men who just want to go to work."

The bikers won't say this on camera, or on tape. But they will say it through a lawyer, who replied to questions supplied by CBC.

It all concerns how the men lost their high-paying mining jobs at PCS Cory. They had worked for Xtreme Mining and Demolition, a contractor at the mine. Xtreme is owned by Leonard Banga, who fired the men after he said other workers raised issues of intimidation and harassment.

'Relentless investigations over the years'

The lawyer said the Angels are not criminals and are puzzled as to why police have focused on the club over the years.

"What we can say is that their relentless investigations over the years have never revealed anything more than the kinds of minor infractions that you would expect to find among any group of citizens who were under this level of scrutiny," the lawyer wrote.

In fact, the Angels offered a quote that Inspector Jerome Engele gave to CBC last year. It came during an interview about a national gathering of Hells Angel clubs in Saskatoon.

At the time, Engele confirmed that the police actively investigate the local club. He added that police "have no charges, and as a result [members of the Hells Angels] are normal citizens going about living their own normal lives."

Further, the lawyer said the three men were all senior workers at PCS Cory with positive work evaluations and good work records.

"They have not only lost their jobs but their ability to find new work," the lawyer said.