Adam Darski, better known as Nergal and front man of Behemoth, has today been acquitted of the charges of desecrating the Polish national emblem. The news was reported by Polish news outlet Trójmiasto on their website (paywall) as well as Adam Darski’s own announcements on social media.
Unable to conceal his delight at the decision, he starts on the post his official Facebook page; “European Spring has welcomed me with a gorgeous weather and… a positive verdict in ‘The Republic of the Unfaithful’ court case!” He continues to state the verdict and that the artwork central to the trial will be available for purchase again soon. “Dismissed and all three of us are free of all the absurd charges! The design will soon be back in the stock so go and visit our webstore and show your support if you will!”
European Spring has welcomed me with a gorgeous weather and… a positive verdict in „the republic of the unfaithful”…
The charges were brought against Nergal as well as artist Rafał Wechterowicz and the band’s webmaster, Maciej Gruszka following the promotion of the “The Republic of the Unfaithful” tour and subsequent promotional material.
We initially reported the case when Adam Darski and Rafał Wechterowicz was called to court in October as the prosecutor’s office decided to begin an investigation. It began following a complaint by a local government official Marek Dudziński to prosecutor’s office in September 2016 before being joined by Ryszard Nowak. Mr Nowak have a considerable and storied history with Adam Darski over the years.
After the initial investigation, the Gdańsk-Śródmieście District Prosecutor’s Office decided to file charges against the three men. The artwork was believed to be in violation of Article 137 of the Polish Penal Code, which states; “Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.”
Whilst he has won this particular legal bout on The Republic of the Unfaithful artwork, there is another pending legal fight. Włodzimierz Nowak, an assistant to Poland’s ruling political party PiS (known as Law and Justice Party in English) has filed an unrelated complaint with District Prosecutor’s Office in Rzeszów alleging, among other things, that Adam Darski “used the image of Jesus Christ placed on a human [or male] penis.”