Following the news that all rape and kidnapping charges against the four members of Decapitated were dropped, Behemoth's Nergal has spoken spoken out on the case.

“Now, I’m not claiming to be a prophet but I’m an optimist and a good judge of character, I know these guys and I know they couldn’t/wouldn’t hurt a fly,” he wrote on Instagram. “They are now released and have had charges dropped (without prejudice).”

Read more: Decapitated share statement after rape, kidnapping charges dropped

The band were arrested on Sept. 9 in California, while on tour with Thy Art Is Murder, after being accused of kidnapping and raping a woman following their performance in Spokane on Aug. 31. After being extradited to Washington, the band were formally charged, with the members facing indictments of varying degrees: Both Kieltyka and Piotrowski had been charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape, while Lysejko and Wiecek were charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape.

As previously reported, all rape and kidnapping charges against the four members of Decapitated were dropped by Spokane County prosecutor Kelly Fitzgerald, citing “the well being of the victim” as a reason for dropping the charges.

“So…what’s next for their career after such severe defamation? What about their good name? What about their families? I hope they get their justice and strike back soon!!!” Nergal shared on Instagram. “And Justice For All? Well…not quite. But getting innocent people back home…HELL YES!”

Read his statement in full below:

4 months ago, Decapitated were accused of kidnap and gang rape – subsequently they were put in a County prison and later into a local jail…and the shit hit the fan! I recall the similar case of my friends from Satyricon/Keep of Kalessin who spent 2 months in a Canadian prison because someone accused them of rape. It took 2 months of legal bureaucracy and the help of the Norwegian government to get them out. The accuser finally recanted the allegations, claiming it was a mistake. They never received compensation for financial losses or emotional trauma, just a brief apology and a document to prove their innocence (which they must always carry around with them). Somehow, from the very beginning my intuition told me my friends from Decapitated would be just fine. Now, I’m not claiming to be a prophet but I'm an optimist and a good judge of character, I know these guys and I know they couldn’t/wouldn’t hurt a fly. They are now released and have had charges dropped (without prejudice). It’s obviously a big relief to their families and friends, including myself. So…what’s next for their career after such severe defamation? What about their good name? What about their families? I hope they get their justice and strike back soon!!! And Justice For All? Well…not quite. But getting innocent people back home…HELL YES!

Last thing, friends – stay rational and reasonable and think carefully before you speak… and caste a stone at innocent people. 
Welcome home brothers.

 

4 months ago, Decapitated were accused of kidnap and gang rape – subsequently they were put in a County prison and later into a local jail…and the shit hit the fan! I recall the similar case of my friends from Satyricon/Keep of Kalessin who spent 2 months in a Canadian prison because someone accused them of rape. It took 2 months of legal bureaucracy and the help of the Norwegian government to get them out. The accuser finally recanted the allegations, claiming it was a mistake. They never received compensation for financial losses or emotional trauma, just a brief apology and a document to prove their innocence (which they must always carry around with them). Somehow, from the very beginning my intuition told me my friends from Decapitated would be just fine. Now, I’m not claiming to be a prophet but I'm an optimist and a good judge of character, I know these guys and I know they couldn’t/wouldn’t hurt a fly. They are now released and have had charges dropped (without prejudice). It’s obviously a big relief to their families and friends, including myself. So…what’s next for their career after such severe defamation? What about their good name? What about their families? I hope they get their justice and strike back soon!!! And Justice For All? Well…not quite. But getting innocent people back home…HELL YES! Last thing, friends – stay rational and reasonable and think carefully before you speak… and caste a stone at innocent people. Welcome home brothers.

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The band had been out of jail since late last year. They were ordered to stay within the state but were allowed to leave the county until ordered to return.

With the charges dropped, the band can return to their home country of Poland.