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Decapitated‘s guitarist Waclaw Kieltyka and drummer Michal Lysejko appeared in a Spokane, Washington court this past Friday night. Last week Kieltyka was formally charged with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree rape, while Lysejko was charged with first-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape (details). According to The Spokesman Review, both members had their bail set at $100,000 each, and were asked to surrender their passports to their attorney. As for the other members of the band, vocalist Rafal Piotrowski and bassist Hubert Wiecek have been scheduled to appear on October 19th.
Decapitated released this statement last week as the charges were revealed, “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.”
For more information, head to The Spokesman Review