The US State Department has responded to a fan petition in support of Randy Blythe, the Lamb Of God frontman facing manslaughter charges in Slovakia.
A petition was set up by fans of the band following the news earlier this week that Blythe will face trial over the charges, which date back to 2010. Blythe was originally arrested on June 27 at Prague airport over an incident that took place on May 24, 2010 at the band’s show at Club Abaton in Prague. He then spent 38 days behind bars before being released on August 3. Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy wrote a response to the petition, ensuring fans of the band that: “We are closely monitoring the progress of his trial.” The response in full reads
We appreciate your inquiry about the case of D Randall Blythe, who was released from detention in the Czech Republic on August 3, 2012, and returned to the United States shortly thereafter. Mr. Blythe has publicly stated his intention to return to the Czech Republic to face trial for the alleged manslaughter of a Czech man at a concert in 2010. He recently told MTV, “It’s the correct thing for me to do … this poor young man’s family deserves some answers.” Pending Mr Blythe’s trial, we cannot discuss the details of his case. We are closely monitoring the progress of his trial.
The statement continued: “The Department of State noted in its 2011 Human Rights Report that in the Czech Republic, ‘The laws provide for the right to a fair trial, and the independent judiciary generally enforced this right’. We expect that the Czech government will make all efforts to ensure a fair, transparent, and timely trial for Mr Blythe, and guarantee full protection of his legal rights under Czech law and his welfare.”
Previously, Blythe has claimed that he is “100 per cent innocent” of the charge and labelled the allegation as “ludicrous”, in addition to criticising the US government for failing to warn him that he was going to be arrested. The singer faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.