July 19, 2013
Extremist Norwegian Kristian Vikernes was released Thursday, July 18, the hearing did not reveal any preparation for a terrorist Attack. However, he will be prosecuted in the criminal court for his writings, which have been deemed to be “incitement to racial hatred.”
The 40-year-old was arrested Tuesday morning with his French wife, Marie Cachet, at their home in Salon-la-Tour, in Corrèze, as part of an investigation based on a suspicion of planning terrorist attacks. Marie was released Wednesday.
”NO TARGET OR PROJECT OR IDENTIFIED”
The Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, had suggested that Vikernes was “likely to commit a major terrorist attack,” while acknowledging that there was “no identified target or project.” He justified the arrest by citing a need “to act before and not after” such an attack.
Vikernes’ Norwegian lawyer, Julien Fressynet, had assured the court on Wednesday that his client was not planning a terrorist event, explaining Vikernes’ purchase of four guns as part of the “philosophy of life” chosen by the couple: survivalism, which centers on the belief that a large-scale disaster, which will require an arsenal in order to survive it, is imminent.
Kristian Vikernes, a Norwegian metal musician also known as Varg Vikernes, moved to France after serving twenty-one years in prison in Norway for a murder he committed in the 1990s.
Translated by Andrew Anglin.