Klaus attack man arrested while waiting for president to appear at Vienna event

A man who fired at Czech President Václav Klaus at close range with an air gun in a Czech town in September has been arrested by police in Austria, where Mr. Klaus is on a three-day state visit. Pavel Vondrouš was waiting for Mr. Klaus at an event in Vienna where the head of state was to present a book of his when he was apprehended along with another man. He was reported not to be carrying a weapon. At the time of his attack on the president, Mr. Vondrouš said it was in protest at how politicians did not pay heed to ordinary people. Mr. Klaus’s bodyguards came in for great criticism for failing to give him appropriate protection.

Author: Ian Willoughby