Back in 2010, Nergal faced up to two years in prison for ripping up a Bible on stage and calling it a "book of lies," though ultimately he was let off without any prison time. Will he see the same fate this year? The Polish government is taking Nergal to court over the design of Behemoth's "The Republic Of The Unfaithful" shirts, which Polish authorities have deemed to allegedly disrespect the White Eagle, which is the Polish coat of arms, a punishable offense in the country.
Here is the Behemoth shirt and the Polish coat of arms for comparison:
Nergal, the shirt’s designer Rafal Wechterowicz and another person have been officially charged with disrespecting Poland's national coat of arms, and if convicted may face fines and probations.
Nergal commented on the story:
“Well… this is the first thing that hit’s me after coming back from a relaxing and sunny holiday trip. Me and 2 other dudes r accused of profaning Polish emblem. What a bummer! PIS-driven Poland is trying its best to nail my ass down… as an example I guess. But first thing is: it is NOT a Polish emblem. Second… let’s leave those arguments for the court case which is to begin shortly…! Is their limits to their obscurity and blindness? Bring it on!?”
We'll keep you posted on any further developments.