A clip showing Czech President Vaclav Klaus apparently pocketing a ceremonial pen during his Chile visit has become an Internet sensation.
It shows Klaus quietly slipping the pen into his pocket as his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera praises him during a news conference last week, reports
Czech television broadcast the video, and then a copy showed up on YouTube with the headline ‘President of Czech Republic steals pen’, red circles and arrows and a crime scene soundtrack.
It's had more than 100,000 views and counting.
However, Klaus spokesman Radim Ochvat said that it was ‘a common pen with a logo of the state or office, which presidents and members of their delegation receive during state visits’.
Actually, the pens are encrusted with semi-precious Chilean lapiz lazuili stones, but Pinera spokeswoman Constanza Cea said the President's guests are free to take them.