Conductor Pierre Boulez's outspoken past came back to haunt him when Swiss police seized him at dawn on suspicion of being linked to terrorism.
The bizarre dawn raid, in which police dragged the 75-year-old from bed in his five star hotel in Basle, was not even a case of mistaken identity, reports BBC News Online. It seems the world famous musician was indeed on the country's list of terrorist suspects.
Back in the revolutionary 1960s, it appears that Boulez said opera houses should be 'blown up' – comments which the Swiss felt made him a potential security threat.
The conductor, who had been conducting at a music festival in Basle last month, had his passport confiscated for three hours before he was free to go.
The embarrassed organisers of the music festival where he had been conducting have now demanded an apology from the authorities.
Thu Dec 6 2001 (12:36:47 PM)