French court postpones neo-Nazi musician’s trial

A French court has postponed the trial of a Norwegian neo-Nazi musician, who was arrested on suspicion of plotting a “major terrorist act.”

On Thursday, Kristian Vikernes’s trial was postponed to June 2014 after his lawyer, Julien Freyssinet, called for more time to go through as many as 912 documents that he had just received and prepare his defense.

Vikernes was arrested in southwestern France in July after his wife bought four rifles, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said that Vikernes constituted “a potential threat to society” and further noted that the police suspected Vikernes may have been planning a “massacre” and searched his house for weapons and explosives.

Two days after his arrest, the officials said that they had found no evidence of a terrorist plot in their questioning of Vikernes and released him.

Police, however, found racist information on his computer and he was charged with inciting racial hatred and defending war crimes on his blog.

In August, the neo-Nazi musician called on the public to help him financially to sue French officials, saying, “Naturally we are angry… We want to sue the authorities for arresting us for no good reason whatsoever, doing so in the most brutal way possible and with children present.”

Kristian has reportedly had links with mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

Driven by his fascist and anti-Islamic beliefs, Breivik killed 77 people in a car bomb attack on government buildings in Oslo and a shooting rampage on Utoeya Island on July 22, 2011.

It was Norway’s worst massacre since World War II. Last year, Breivik was given a 21-year prison sentence, which is the maximum penalty in Norway.

According to an official at the prosecutor’s office, Breivik sent a copy of a manifesto setting out his ideology to Vikernes before the attacks.

In 1991, Vikernes established the one-man music project Burzum and became part of the early Norwegian black metal scene.

In 1992, he, along with other members of the scene, burned down at least three Christian churches in Norway.

Between 1992 and 1993, Vikernes recorded four albums as Burzum and another with black metal band Mayhem.

Shortly after Mayhem guitarist Oystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth was stabbed to death in August 1993, Vikernes was arrested and charged with the murder.

After being convicted of the murder of Euronymous, the arson of three churches, the attempted arson of a fourth church, and theft and storage of explosives, Vikernes was sentenced to 21 years in prison in May 1994.

While serving time in prison, he became affiliated with the Heathen Front and several of his writings on Germanic paganism were published. He also recorded two dark ambient albums in prison, which also went on sale at the time.