It’s been nearly a month since Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was imprisoned in a Prague jail on suspicion of manslaughter following a death at a 2010 concert. However, according to a report on Radio.cz, he should be out of jail “any day now” and will be permitted to travel once he’s released. “We are now waiting for his release because the band has already collected the additional $200,000 and only due to long travel time between the Prague Municipal Court and the court for Prague 8, we are still waiting,” his attorney said. “Otherwise, he should have already been released.”
They’re presuming he should be allowed to travel, but will have to return to the Czech Republic for further investigation. “As a world-renowned artist, in a specific genre of music, of course, he cannot afford to simply disappear,” his attorney said. “THis is a wrong assumption by the Czech police and hte Prague municipal prosecutor who still believe theire is a possibility he will disappear and never show up again.” His attorney repeated that Blythe wants to return to Prague because he doesn’t think he did anything wrong.
Blythe’s attorney also shed some light on why the band didn’t find out that he was wanted on suspicion of manslaughter until he returned to the Czech Republic. According to him, the police approached the US Department of Justice and asked them to take part in the investigation, but the DOJ refused. “Refusing to do so, they did not notify anyone from the band or the management, so no one really knew that investigation was underway, which I think is not something the US Department of Justice can be proud of,” his attorney says.
It should be said that this interview ran on Thursday, however. As far as we know, Blythe is still imprisoned, but this is the first update that sounds like he might be getting out sooner than later. But it doesn’t seem like they’re letting him have visitors that easily. A tweet from Municipal Waste’s Tony Foresta sent earlier today says “spent all morning at the prison in Prague trying to visit Randy. This shit is real people. This isn’t Camp Cupcake.”
[via Metal Sucks]