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Latvia Drops Charges in Flower Attack on Prince

January 23, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A Latvian court said that it would not take any further action against a teenage girl who hit Britain's Prince Charles in the face with flowers during his visit to the Baltic state last November.

Police initially said the Russian-speaking Alina Lebedeva could face charges of assaulting a foreign dignitary, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in jail, but the prince made a plea for leniency.

Charges of hooliganism were brought against the 16-year-old, but prosecutors later dropped those too. It was left up to the court to take any action against Lebedeva, who said she was protesting the U.S.-led bombing in Afghanistan. She later apologized.

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