Posted by Bram Teitelman on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:38 am
Other than some comments that guitarist Mark Morton has made via Twitter, the remainder of Lamb of God have kept pretty quiet about their singe, Randy Blythe’s incarceration in Prague, where he remains held on suspicion of manslaughter from an incident that took place in 2010. Until now. The band have just released a statement via their publicity company addressing the past week. It reads as follows:
First of all, thanks to everyone who has reached out in support of Randy and each of us in this terrible situation. It’s noted and very much appreciated.
We have been keeping our heads down and not speaking out due to the fluid nature of the situation and the constantly changing information that even we receive daily. Within an hour things can do endless 180’s. It’s maddening to try and make heads or tails.
We’re taking the time to speak to you as it has been a significant period of time since this situation began and while nothing is immediately clear to any of us, we are not trying to keep anyone in the dark.
We have reached out and are making use of the resources we have acquired to help our brother who is still detained in Czech jail.
In the two years since, we were never notified of anything related to this incident.
Randy is our brother and we assure you, we are all staying very positive for him, working endlessly behind the scenes to provide any and all assistance possible.
The best we can do is to stay positive and continue to support our friend that we know is innocent.
We know that justice will prevail and we will continue to do our part to support our friend.
- LAMB OF GOD
The note ends with the link to donate to Randy’s legal defense fund that first popped up on the band’s Facebook page yesterday.
In other news, a fan started a petition to get the White House involved to help free Blythe:
This petition is so it can be brought to the attention of the white house that one of our citizens is in need of help. His name is D. Randall Blythe. He was doing what he loves to do bring his music along with the rest of the band LAMB OF GOD. During one of the dates he was taken into custody in Prague and was extorted for money after posting bail he was not released which is a direct violation of his civil rights. This petition will show that the people of the united states will not stand for this outrage and hope you and the us state department will do something about this travesty.
The petition is seeking 25,000 signatures. As of now, it has 493. We’re not really sure that this petition will amount to anything. It’s doubtful the White House would get involved, and right now, we have to see what happens come Monday or Tuesday when he’s expected to be released. But as Metal Sucks says, it can’t hurt to sign the petition regardless.