This is breaking news, and therefore the details are sketchy and, as is often true with early reports of just about anything scandalous, there may be inaccuracies. However, news reports have appeared in Europe that Burzum’s Varg Vikernes has been arrested at his farm in France by the Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI) on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack. Reports indicate that Varg’s wife Marie Cachet has also been arrested. I’m just going to quote THIS REPORT at Euronews for now (with a few comments after that), and update the post as more info becomes available (additional info has appeared at French publications, such as this one):
“Black metal musician and neo-nazi sympathiser Kristian “Varg” Vikernes was arrested in southwestern France on Tuesday after his wife bought four rifles, raising suspicions he could turn to violence, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
The police suspect the Norwegian national of planning a “massacre” and searched his house for weapons and explosives. His wife, a French national and a member of a shooting club, had recently legally purchased four rifles.
The anti-terrorist prosecutor has been put in charge of the investigation. In a statement, the French Ministry of the Interior deemed him “likely to prepare a large-scale act of terrorism.”
Vikernes, the man behind black metal project Burzum, had spent 21 years in prison – the maximum sentence in Norway – for the murder of Øystein Aarseth, known as Euronymous, the guitar player of black metal band Mayhem. Vikernes had also been convicted of arson attacks on four churches, he was freed in May 2009. He then moved to France with his wife and three children.
Vikernes, a Pagan and vocal neo-nazi sympathiser, reportedly received the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right terrorist responsible for the July 2011 Oslo bombing and Utoeya Massacre which left 77 dead. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in jail for terrorism on August 2012.
Breivik sending a copy of a manifesto setting out his ideology to Vikernes, an official at the prosecutor’s office said. “That was at the origin of the investigation … There were several suspicions that made the services fear he could possibly carry out a violent act,” the official said.
On his website, Vikernes discusses Breivik’s manifesto, but also criticises him for killing innocent Norwegians.”
Obviously, we live in a world in which anti-terrorist authorities in Western nations have a quick trigger-finger (so to speak) when it comes to threats of terrorist activity. One might think that the French investigators have more information than what’s reported in this story, because legally buying four rifles and receiving a manifesto from a mass-murderer, which may have been unsolicited, seems pretty thin evidence for an arrest, even in the case of someone with Varg’s criminal record.
For example, with respect to receiving that Breivik manifesto, consider this excerpt from an article about Breivik that Varg posted on his blog last December:
“To Breivik I can only say I hope you do kill yourself. You have killed more Norwegians than the entire Muslim population in Norway has done the last 40 years, and you claim to be a Norwegian nationalist and patriot fighting (alongside your Jewish masters) against Islam, to protect us against their crimes!? I am sorry to say so, but you have made a big mistake. Islam has been imported to Europe by Jews, so that guys like you would run to the Jews and fight for them like you did when you murdered future mothers of Norwegian children. Death to you and to all other “European” Zionists out there as well! You are the main problem for Europe, because guys like you allow the Jews to run Europe into the ditch. The Jews would not have been able to do anything to us if it hadn’t been for Christian losers like you!”
Toxic sentiments, as usual for Varg, but they seem to run counter to any theory that receiving Breivik’s manifesto is probative of a criminal plot. We’ll see what other info surfaces as time passes.
UPDATE: On July 18, BBC News reported that Varg Vikernes was freed by French police after two days in custody. Here’s an excerpt from that article:
“A Norwegian neo-Nazi musician has been released two days after he was arrested in central France on suspicion of “preparing a major terrorist act”.
Kristian Vikernes was arrested after his wife bought four rifles.
Officials say questioning of the suspect did not bring to light any evidence of a terrorist plot.
Vikernes had in the past received a copy of a manifesto from right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.
Officials say Vikernes will have to answer charges of incitement to racial hatred over the content of some of his writings on the internet, but no charges relating to terrorism have been filed.
Kristian “Varg” Vikernes was arrested along with his French wife on Tuesday in Correze, a region in central France.
She was released from custody on Wednesday evening.
Officials say she had a legal firearms permit when she bought the four rifles.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls had said that even though Vikernes was not thought to have a specific target in mind, the arrest was justified by the need to “act before and not after” with regard to terrorism.”