VARG VIKERNES To Serve Additional Time For Car Theft, Possession Of Automatic Weapon

April 26, 2004

BURZUM mastermind Varg Vikernes, who is serving a 21-year Norwegian prison term for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous),had an extra 14 months tacked on to his sentence for car theft and possession of an AG3 automatic rifle and 700 bullets during his failed escape attempt late last year, according to Aftenposten.

Although the prosecutor had originally requested that Vikernes spend an additional 22 months in prison in connection with his latest arrest, he received a reduced sentence of 14 months after the court determined that there was no evidence to back up a family's claim that Vikernes threatened them with a pistol and hijacked their car after failing to return to prison as scheduled after a short leave.

Varg, who was charged with armed robbery after being captured on a highway on the outskirts of Oslo following a massive manhunt, denied having forced the car from the family using a gun, claiming it was a flashlight.

Vikernes, commonly referred to as a Satanist but more accurately described as a deeply anti-Christian and anti-Semite black metal musician who claims that he believes in Old Norse gods like Odin and Thor, gained notoriety in Norway for being responsible for one of the most brutal murders ever committed in the country (Aarseth was found dead outside his apartment in Oslo with 23 stab wounds — two to the head, five to the neck, and 16 to the back).

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