The 76-year-old iconic director, Roman Polanski, is free to drug and sex 13-year-old girls across the European continent. As we mentioned in Morning Docket, the Swiss government rejected a U.S. extradition request. The Associated Press reports:
The Swiss mostly blamed U.S. authorities for failing to provide confidential testimony about Polanski’s sentencing procedure in 1977-1978.
The Justice Ministry also said that national interests were taken into consideration in the decision.
Funny, I didn’t know the Swiss had a national interest in protecting convicted rapists…
It’s been a long, strange year for the director of Chinatown. Bloomberg Businessweek reports:
The Oscar-winning director was arrested at Zurich airport on Sept. 26, as he arrived to collect an award at the city’s film festival. Polanski, 76, was held in a Swiss jail before being placed under house arrest at his holiday. Polanski had been forced to wear an electronic monitoring tag while awaiting the government’s decision on the U.S. extradition request.
I don’t know…. He drugged a 13-year-old and had sex with her; it seems like an electronic tag is on the low end of what he should be forced to do.
The geopolitical question here is: what the hell is Switzerland doing? The WSJ Law Blog is still looking for an answer:
Based on existing press accounts, it’s unclear why Switzerland made its decision — and why the decision came when it did.
Are there any other directors out there who want to avail themselves of Switzerland’s “rapist” shield laws?
Polanski free, Swiss reject US extradition request [Associated Press]
Switzerland Won’t Extradite Polanski to U.S., Government Says [Bloomberg Businessweek]
Polanski Freed After Swiss Nix Extradition Request [WSJ Law Blog]