French prosecutors have confirmed to Norway’s NRK that Varg Vikernes (BURZUM’s Count Grishnackh) and his pregnant wife Marie Cachet were released at 19:00 Thursday night (July 18th). Police were unable to identify specific terrorist plans or terrorist target and Vikernes would not be prosecuted for this. Prosecution to Vikernes, Julien Freyssinet, told NRK yesterday that his client will cooperate with the police, but denied that he had terrorist plans.
There will still be trial when Vikernes is accused of racism provocations by Jews and Muslims on the internet. It is not yet clear when the trial comes up, says Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, judge and spokeswoman for prosecutors in France.
It is uncertain exactly when the trial of Vikernes will be scheduled. When NRK talked to spokeswoman later Tuesday night she suggested that the matter would be scheduled towards the end of the year.
On Tuesday, Vikernes, 40, and his wife, a 25 year-old French national, were arrested by officers from the Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence at their house in Salon-la-Tour, France, and taken to custody at a nearby police station.
The Home Office stated on Tuesday that Vikernes, “with close tie to the neo-nazi movement” was “likely to carry a large-scale terror act” and thus “constituted a potential menace.” To justify the arrest, they also mentioned “violent speech intercepted on the web.”
Vikernes 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.