German police let go man who ran towards Pope

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13 September 2006, REGENSBURG, GERMANY - German police admitted Wednesday they had inadvertently let go a man who breached the security perimeter around Pope Benedict XVI the previous day, and could not find him again. Security men pinned the young man to the ground about 100 metres from the raised altar during an open-air mass in the city of Regensburg on Tuesday after he suddenly ran out of a VIP area towards the pope. But they let him go without obtaining his identity, apparently satisfied that he was j

13 September 2006

REGENSBURG, GERMANY - German police admitted Wednesday they had inadvertently let go a man who breached the security perimeter around Pope Benedict XVI the previous day, and could not find him again.

Security men pinned the young man to the ground about 100 metres from the raised altar during an open-air mass in the city of Regensburg on Tuesday after he suddenly ran out of a VIP area towards the pope.

But they let him go without obtaining his identity, apparently satisfied that he was just an enthusiastic Catholic who had got too excited.

When senior police and political authorities demanded a thorough investigation of whether the incident had been more sinister, it was too late. A Bavarian police spokesman said there had been a "coordination problem" at the scene.

DPA

Subject: German news

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