Behemoth's Nergal charged over bible destruction

Charges have been laid against Behemoth frontman Nergal over a 2007 incident where he destroyed a bible on stage during a concert.

Adam Darski aka Nergal, the lead singer of Polish black metallers Behemoth was today formally charged of 'causing an offence to the church'. The charges relate to a 2007 incident where Nergal tore a bible while on stage.

Even though the destruction of religious iconography is a crime in Poland. Under Polish law, there must be at least two formal complaints before a charge is laid. The previous complaint was made in 2008, and recently an unspecified number of other complaints had been filed.

Nergal is pleading not guilty to the charge.

In the first hearing, under cross examination, Darski stated what he does on stage is part of artistic license and it wasn't supposed to offend religious feelings. However an expert on religious history and studies from Jagellonian University in Krakow stated that every copy of a bible could be considered a religious icon.

There was no judgement ruled against Darski in the first hearing, but now that a second complaint has been filed, the matter will be heard by the courts.

If found guilty, Darski faces up to 2 years in prison.

From Interia.PL (in Polish).