Burzum’s Varg Vikernes’ court date for ‘inciting racial hatred and glorifying war crimes’ deferred

The black metal musician will now stand trial in June 2014

Burzum‘s Varg Vikernes has had his court date for charges of ‘inciting racial hatred and glorifying war crimes’ deferred to next year.

The French court where the Norwegian black metaller is to stand trial have put back his court date to June 2014, after Vikernes’ lawyer asked for more time to prepare the musician’s defence, reports Fact.

Vikernes recently asked his fans to help him fund his lawsuit. Vikernes and his wife Marie Cachet were released from jail in France following their arrest earlier this year on suspicion of ‘plotting a massacre’. The charges were dropped to a breach of French racism laws, which the self-confessed Neo-Nazi sympathiser is accused of violating on his blog.

In August Vikernes stated that his family were innocent and that police also confiscated weapons, swords and ammunition. He also alleges that the police froze the family’s bank accounts and that his children have been placed in the custody of their grandparents.

Vikernes was arrested on July 16 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”.

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.