US Department Of State responds to Lamb Of God manslaughter case

By | Published on Wednesday 12 December 2012

Randy Blythe

The US Department Of State has issued a statement with regards to the manslaughter charge currently faced by Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic.

As previously reported, Blythe stands accused of causing the death of a fan at a show in Prague in 2010. He was arrested when the band returned to the country this summer and held in custody for five weeks. Upon being released on bail, he returned to the US but vowed to go back to the Czech Republic to face trial if and when he was called to do so. The case was formally submitted to court by prosecutors last week.

The US government statement is actually a reaction to a petition, launched while Blythe was still in custody, calling on the Department Of State to help to free him. However, it responds to the ongoing case.

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Michael Posner wrote: “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, [but] we are closely monitoring the progress of his trial”.

He added that the US expects “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”.