Neo-Nazi Metal Star Busted for Terror Plot

French suspect Vikernes planned 'large act'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 17, 2013 1:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Norwegian black-metal musician and alleged sympathizer of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested in France on what authorities say was suspicion he could be planning "a large terrorist act." Prosecutors identified the suspect as Varg Vikernes, a neo-Nazi who earned notoriety in the 1990s after he was convicted of manslaughter in the stabbing death of a fellow member of the band Mayhem and of arson attacks on three churches. Authorities say Vikernes received Breivik's manifesto accusing Muslims of destroying European society, and his "violent" Internet postings were proof he posed a potential threat. Vikernes' French wife, who had recently acquired four rifles, was also arrested.

Varg Vikernes is seen after his release from prison in 2009.
Varg Vikernes is seen after his release from prison in 2009.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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