A representative for the U.S. State Department has vowed to protect the legal rights of heavy rocker Randy Blythe as he prepares to face manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic.
The Lamb of God frontman, full name David Randall Blythe, spent over a month behind bars in Prague during the summer (12) after he was accused of contributing to the death of a 19-year-old fan by pushing him offstage at a gig in the city in 2010.
He denied the allegation and flew home to America upon his release on 2 August (12), but he vowed to return to the Czech Republic, if a trial is set, and fight for his freedom.
A group of fans expressed its outrage at the manslaughter charge and submitted a petition to the U.S. Government, urging high-ranking officials to step in and aid Blythe, who was officially indicted earlier this month (Dec12).
Michael Posner, the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, has now responded to the fan petition, insisting U.S. authorities will be paying close attention to the case developments to ensure Blythe gets a fair trial.
His reply reads: "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. 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.
"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."
Czech prosecutors have three months to set a date for the singer's trial or send the case back for further investigation.