Czech president refuses to go through security at Australian Parliament House

In related news, the Czech president made headlines when he refused to go through a security device on his way to being interviewed in the Australian Parliament House, where ABC1 has its Canberra studio. TV producer Michelle Ainsworth, who was waiting to escort the Czech head of state to the station’s studio, says that Mr. Klaus stopped in front of the security device and said that he would not go through it. Reportedly, the security guard informed Mr. Klaus that everyone who wishes to enter the building had to pass through the metal detector first. According to Mrs. Ainsworth, Mr. Klaus told her that she could interview him in his hotel before leaving without saying goodbye.

Earlier this year, a video clip that showed Mr. Klaus pocketing a ceremonial pen on an official visit to Chile went viral and made international headlines.