Pope John Paul II lookalike arrested
A man dressing up as Pope John Paul II for tourists in Rome has been arrested and fined.
The Telegraph reports that the unnamed man, from Slovakia, had taken up a spot on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, which leads up to the Colosseum, and was posing for photographs dressed in a white cassock, with crucifix and skull cap.
"John Paul was a great Pope. Lots of people ask to have their photograph taken with me," he said.
But police put a stop to that on Friday when they detained him, apparently after an anonymous complaint, and told him he would be fined between 154 and 929 euros for 'usurpation of title'.
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He also had his white cassock confiscated. The exact fine is to be decided by a court.
"The problem was that he looked a lot like Karol Wojtyla. He was detained for usurpation of title which is a misdemeanour," a police spokeswoman told AFP.