ROTTING CHRIST: wegen Terrorismusverdacht und Satanismus kurzfristig verhaftet!
Der Name scheint ausgereicht zu haben, um Sakis Tolis (Gitarre/Vocals) und Themis Tolis (Drums) in Georgien vorübergehend wegen Verdachts auf Terrorismus (!) und Satanismus festzunehmen .
Sakis Tolis, Frontman der ROTTING CHRIST, über den Vorfall:
"We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.
Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time. Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"
Mittlerweile wurde die zwei Musiker wieder entlassen, die Band darf ohne weitere Probleme nach Armenien weiterreisen.
Die Band hat auf Facebook folgendes Statement veröffentlicht:
To all friends that worried about our condition after the recent adventure we had with our arrest we would like to inform them that we are back home safe and in one piece.
There is no jail that can stop our endless lust for Metal and we promise that we will always be frontline in the battle against any kind of god-fearing regimes as well as any kind of terrorism independent of where they come from.Freedom of speech to everyone brothers.We will always shout at any part of this world...NON SERVIAM!
See you soon in the battlefield!
SAKIS on behalf of ROTTING CHRIST
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