Former defense attorney of Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes, John Christian Elden, gave his opinion on the singer's recent arrest, pointing out that the evidence against Vikernes is "thin."
As previously reported, Varg was arrested in France under "suspicion he was preparing a major terrorist act," as the government had linked him with the mass killer Anders Behring Breivik responsible for the July 2011 Oslo massacre. "It's less than what Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) tend to have every time they arrest Islamists in Norway and release them a short time later," Elden added (via Blabbermouth).
The lawyer also stated that his former client "has expressed extreme views on race mixing for several years, built on Norse teachings." Meanwhile, the French news bureau AFT revealed that the singer was under surveillance for several years, but it was the purchase of weapons by Varg's wife Marie Cachet that had the official investigation kicked off. The investigation also established that the wife had a legal firearms permit as she bought the four rifles.
Varg's neighbor Natalie Langlad revealed that the arrest had shocked her, as she described Vikernes to NRK as a "family man" living a peaceful life with wife and children.
"[Vikernes] went often wore military apparel," Langlad said. "But the area here is known for hunting so it's not so unusual that he would go out wearing hunting clothes."
"He seemed very nice and attentive towards the children," the neighbor added.
The singer's link to the mass murderer is based on the fact that Vikernes had received a copy of Breivik's manifesto. However, Varg has previously condemned the killer's 2011 actions on his official website, calling Breivik the "main problem for Europe, because guys like you allow the Jews to run Europe into the ditch. The Jews would not have been able to do anything to us if it hadn't been for Christian losers like you!"