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French release terror suspect but charge him for inciting racial hatred

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Norwegian extreme-right activist Kristian Vikernes has been released by French police after they found no evidence he was preparing a major terrorist attack.

He has been charged with inciting racial hatred on the internet, and police say material seized from his computer also provided evidence. He may also face charges of justifying war crimes, and both he and his French wife have been banned from buying weapons.

Police swooped on the couple’s house in Correze 48 hours ago after they bought four .22 rifles, and because of Vikerne’s dark past. In 1993 he was jailed for 21 years for murder in Norway after killing a fellow member of a popular “black metal” band. He also burned several churches in his home country.