A member of Kamikaze Riders, a Belgian motorbike club, to which Mohamed Karay and Saïd Souati belong, is lamenting the media tarnishing the reputation of his motorbike club. The two suspects were placed under arrest after several raids were carried out on Sunday and Monday, as part of a terrorism investigation which is not thought to be linked to the Paris attacks. The member maintains that the motorcycling club is not a terrorist gang or group but a family sharing a passion for motorbikes.
“The motorbike club Kamikaze Riders, which was originally founded by Saïd Saouti, has been around for approximately fifteen years. Its 100 members, spread throughout Belgium, are of all faiths and backgrounds, not specifically the Muslim religion. We are a family who like to meet around our common passion, the motorbike. It upsets me to see the club’s name tarnished by the media. Just because someone has made a mistake does not mean the others should have to suffer,” indicated Ludovic Ansel, who has been a member of Kamikaze Riders for ten years.
“I have known Mohamed Karay and Saïd Souati for several years and I am surprised by their arrest. Both were without a doubt deeply religious but they never made extremist gestures or statements. I never witnessed any Islamist propaganda on their part”, he concluded.