Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, has responded to the launchers of a petition, seeking government intervention in Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter case.
That statement follows. The petition was created by a Lamb of God fan from Brandenburg, Kentucky, in an online forum on the White House Web site.
“We appreciate your inquiry about the case of D. Randall Blythe, who was released from detention in the Czech Republic on August 3, 2012, and returned to the United States shortly thereafter,” says Posner’s statement.
“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. We are closely monitoring the progress of his trial.”
Good. At least they’re on top of it, but then again, the next statement scares me a bit.
“The Department Of State noted in its 2011 Human Rights Report that in the Czech Republic, ‘The laws provide for the right to a fair trial, and the independent judiciary generally enforced this right.’ We expect 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.
“If you would like to know more about what the Department of State does for U.S. citizens overseas, please visit our website at Travel.State.Gov. General information on U.S. human rights policy is available at HumanRights.gov.”
Randy better get a fucking fair trial, or I’m hiring Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis to go in there and retrieve him.
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