Polish Supreme Court Rules Against Behemoth's Nergal Over Bible Tearing
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After being cleared of blasphemy charges in Poland last year stemming from an on-stage Bible ripping incident, apparently Behemoth front man Nergal is now facing legal issues again due to a recent decision by the Polish supreme court.
The Guardian is reporting the supreme court has now ruled against Nergal, who may potentially spend up to two years in jail for tearing up a Bible. Excerpts from the report follow:
Poland's supreme court has issued a landmark judgment against a heavy metal musician who tore up a Bible at a gig in 2007. Although the judges conceded that Adam Darski, AKA Nergal, did not intend to offend his audience, they ruled that he could still have "offended religious feelings," violating Polish law. If found guilty, the singer could face up to two years in prison.
After being cleared by judges in 2010 and 2011, the singer/guitarist is again on trial. Officials in Gdansk asked the supreme court how Darski could be "offending religious feelings" if most of Behemoth's fans expected theatrical sacrilege?
"One should respect the court's verdict," Darski told journalists. But the Catholic church is also "immature," he said, "trying to gag people … [and] freedom of speech." Speaking to Reuters, Darski's lawyer said they would continue to oppose the charges: "We are still arguing that we were dealing with art, which allows more critical and radical statements," Jacek Potulski explained.
Nergal has now released a new autobiography titled "Sacrum Profanum," which details his battle with leukemia. The latest trailer for the release is available right here.
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