The news broke Friday, Jan. 5 that Polish death metal band Decapitated have been relieved of all charges following their 2017 arrest for kidnapping and rape. The group themselves released a statement on the matter and now others have begun to comment on the news as well. Fellow Polish metal musician Nergal of Behemoth made his opinion known.

The blackened-death metal musician took to Instagram, posting a screengrab of the news report, and wrote the following as a caption:

"Four 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 two months in a Canadian prison because someone accused them of rape. It took two 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 cast a stone at innocent people.


Welcome home, brothers."

According to The Spokesman-Review, defense attorneys for the four members planned to cast doubt on the accuser had the case gone to trial. The plaintiff was deemed untrustworthy by the defense based on an encounter with law enforcement, where she admitted she lied to police in regards to injuries she sustained during an assault when her boyfriend was accused of stabbing three people. The details of her assault at that time were incorrect, and she sustained them during a previous argument by her boyfriend.

It's unknown how or when Decapitated will "strike back," but we imagine it will be a while before they announce any definitive plans for their next moves as a band.

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