Varg Vikernes Sentenced In France For Inciting Racial Hatred
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After escaping charges last year for allegedly attempting to incite a massacre, Varg Vikernes has now been sentenced for inciting racial hatred in France.
TheLocal.no reports Vikernes has been fined the equivalent of ten thousand dollars and given a suspended prison sentence. Excerpts from the article are available below.
Video from outside the courtroom at the start of the trial several days ago can also be seen after the jump, courtesy of Ruptly TV.
A French court Tuesday slapped a six-month suspended sentence and an €8,000 ($10,000) fine on a Norwegian heavy metal musician accused of inciting racial hatred in his blogs. Kristian Vikernes, 41, was not present in court and neither was his lawyer as the verdict was delivered. He has denied posting racist blogs and said they were written by someone else.
Vikernes was arrested in July last year in France's central Correze region on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks but was released after 48 hours due to lack of evidence. He was however charged with inciting racial hatred and defending war crimes on his blog. Police allegedly found racist and anti-Semitic material on his computer as well.
Vikernes had told the court he was not the author of the blogs and said a possible misunderstanding could have arisen because he communicated through a Danish interpreter when he was briefly held in custody last year. Ten excerpts from the blogs written between March and June 2013 that attack Muslims and Jews were presented as evidence in court.
Burzum's latest album "The Days of Yore" was released last month, which follows the 2013 album "Sôl austan, Mâni vestan" and 2012 release "Umskiptar" (reviewed here).
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