|Belgium||FORMER PRIEST ARRESTED AS BELGIAN, SPANISH ROYALS MEET|
A former Spanish priest who served three years in prison for attacking the Pope in Portugal in 1982 was arrested on Tuesday after he vaulted barricades separating crowds from Belgium's king and queen as they awaited the arrival of the king and queen of Spain.
The Belga news agency reported Juan Fernandez Krohn was dragged away by police after he climbed over a barricade in front of the Royal Palace in Brussels, as King Albert and Queen Paola stood about 50 meters away. The Belgian royals were waiting for the arrival of Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at the beginning of a four-day visit. Police declined to comment on the incident.
Last week, Portuguese police and the Interpol agency were seeking Krohn ahead of Pope John Paul II's visit to Portugal over the weekend. Krohn was convicted in 1982 after he lunged with a bayonet at the Pope, on a visit to the Fatima shrine. The Pope was not harmed.
|18 May 00|