Varg Vikernes Convicted Of Hate Crime In France

Posting screeds on blogs ain’t a rosy business, which Burzum’s Varg Vikernes surely must’ve learnt by now. An outspoken racist and a supporter of the French National Front, Varg Vikernes spent 16 years in prison after stabbing Mayhem band member Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth to death in 1993.

As for his latest arrest, he was arrested last year in July, for suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks, a ‘massacre’. The musician’s wife was also arrested, the two spending not much time behind bars while the investigation took place. They were released without authorities pressing any charges against them, but Varg did indeed stand a trial in Paris for inciting racial hatred and glorifying war crimes on the internet. The trial was to begin in October 2013, which got postponed to June 2014. The French Court convicted him of inciting racial hatred last month and was handed an €8,000 fine and a six-month suspended sentence for publishing racist posts on blogs that attack Muslims and Jews, to which he denies having done. He and his lawyer were not present during the trial as the verdict was being rendered, though they attended the previous court proceedings. The 41-year-old had denied writing the racist blog posts claiming innocence by saying that, “At any given moment [there are] 350 people pretending to be Varg Vikernes on Facebook, anybody can very easily put up a blog” that appeared to be one of his.

[Source – The Local]

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