7 Jun 2005

Police arrest Wallis king's convicted grandson following months in hiding in palace

3:14 pm on 7 June 2005

Police in Wallis and Futuna have arrested the king's grandson, who had been taking refuge in the royal palace.

The French authorities had threatened to depose the king unless he handed over his grandson, accused of manslaughter.

The chief of staff to the French prefect says the king's grandson has surrendered to police this morning.

Jean-Marie Oustry says it is not clear if the customary authorities have now deposed the king.