A man was arrested Monday on suspicion of having flown a drone over Drottningholm Palace, the private residence of Sweden’s royal family, near Stockholm.
According to local newspapers, the suspect, a Russian man in his 40s, claims he’s an ordinary tourist who was not aware that drone flying over the royal castle is prohibited. It should also be noted that with the exception of the royal family’s private quarters in the west wing, Drottningholm Palace is open to the public and continues to be a popular tourist attraction in Stockholm.
So it’s not really surprising that the man, who was arrested for the alleged violation of the Swedish “Protection Act,” was released later on Monday after a decision by prosecutors.
He will, however, continue to remain under investigation with Sweden’s domestic intelligence agency, Säpo, also looking into the case.
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