According to the Associated Press, all four members of Decapitated plead not guilty this morning to the charges of kidnapping and raping a woman after their recent show in Spokane, Washington. Vocalist Rafal Piotrowski was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape, bassist Hubert Wiecek was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape, guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka was charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape and drummer Michal Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape. Their bail is set at $100,000, and the men were ordered to surrender their passports. Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese set trial for December 18th, but said it’s likely to be pushed back into the new year.
Since their arrest, the band released this statement, “Following extradition from California to Washington, the band has now been charged. We’d like to emphasise; the Spokane Police Department has pressed charges as procedural formality, without doing so, they would be forced to release band – this is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence. Once again, we ask that everyone wait for each party’s case to be presented and await the court’s decision. With that said, whilst cases are being prepared on both sides, some facts are indisputable at this point – that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, “I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred”, and it’s taken a full 30 days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released. The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home. Individuals who were present on the night in question with information about the case are asked to reach out to the defense lawyer, Steve Graham of Spokane, Washington.”
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