Det grekiska black metalbandet Rotting Christ har en förmåga att hamna i de mest bisarra situationer. Nu har de arresterats i Georgien anklagade för terrorism.
Bandets frontman Sakis Tholis berättar hur han och brodern Themis greps på flygplatsen i Tblisi:
”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.”
Utan förvarning låstes de båda bröderna in i en cell som Sakis Tholis beskriver som ”liten och skitig”. De isolerades under tolv timmar utan tillgång till information om vad som skedde eller möjlighet att kontakta sin ambassad. Tholis fortsätter:
”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!”
Bandet släpptes därefter och kunde fortsätta till Armenien.
Rotting Christ spelar på Sweden Rock Festival den 7 juni.