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Italy Expels South African Who Flew Drone Near Vatican


FILE - An aerial view of the Vatican with St. Peter's Basilica is seen in this undated photo.

A South African man has been ordered to leave Italy after flying his drone near the Vatican, Italian police said Wednesday.

Police arrested the 25-year-old as he flew his drone over the main Via della Conciliazione that leads toward Saint Peter's Square where the pope was leading Sunday prayers.

"He was given an order to leave the country and his drone and camera confiscated," Rome police said in a statement.

The South African embassy declined to comment on his arrest and expulsion.

Under Rome's strict security measures, it is illegal to overfly the city, including with a drone.

Two French tourists flying a drone near the Colosseum last year were fined around 3,000 euros ($3,500) and had their equipment confiscated and destroyed, police said.

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