August 6, 2014 13:23

Burzum merchandise banned from eBay

The site says frontman Varg Vikernes's "history of violence" is the reason

Burzum merchandise banned from eBay

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Merchandise for the band Burzum has been banned on eBay.

The online auction site has banned the sale of items relating to the band, citing the "history of violence" of frontman Varg Vikernes. Vikernes was recently found guilty of inciting racial hatred by a French court.

Vikernes was given a six-month suspended sentence and also fined £6,400 for publishing a series of blogs which attacked Muslims and Jews. Vikernes was arrested in a raid last July, although prosecutors were forced to drop their original claim that he might have been planning a "large terrorist act" due to a lack of evidence. They subsequently accused him of hate crimes instead.

Metal Sucks reports that an anonymous user said that he tried to sell two items of Burzum merch on the site, but was rejected due to eBay's offensive material policy. This states that items cannot be sold if they "promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organisations with such views."

Last month Sports Direct removed Burzum t-shirts from their online store following a public outcry.

Varg Vikernes, a self-confessed neo-Nazi sympathiser, has previously spent 15 years of a 21-year sentence in prison in Norway for the murder of Øystein Aarseth, known as Euronymous, guitarist of black metal band Mayhem.

Vikernes was released in 2009 but was convicted of four counts of arson on churches in the same year. The musician was then arrested on July 16, 2013 at his farm in Salon-la-Tour in central France, where he lives with his wife and three children. Authorities reportedly grew suspicious when Varg's wife purchased four firearms, with a permit. The arrest was made by the French government's Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence, which revealed to the media that it suspected Vikernes of "plotting a massacre".

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