Roman Polanski is a free man today after the Swiss Justice Ministry officially rejected an extradition request from the United States. The decision ends a nine-and-a-half-month saga which saw Polanski nabbed at an airport, sequestered in jail, moved out to house arrest and finally released when, according to the Swiss, prosecutors failed to provide confidential testimony about the director’s original trial and sentencing.
Citing a possible flaw because U.S. authorities failed to turn over certain papers, Swiss authorities reject the extradition request that originated in Los Angeles. The Oscar-winning director is released from house arrest.
Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the United States to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago, Swiss authorities announced Monday.
The Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police said a flaw in the U.S. extradition request could not be ruled out and that Polanski, who maintains a vacation home in Switzerland, could reliably expect not to be arrested and deported since the U.S. knew of his frequent presence there over the last few years but never acted on it.
Polanski, 76, has already been released from house arrest, the justice department said.
The announcement was a dramatic development in a case that has lasted more than 30 years. In 1978, Polanski fled the U.S. hours before he was to be sentenced for having unlawful sex with a minor.
We knew this would happen. I don’t think he will really be free because his conscience will be pierced by the Almighty. God has a way to settle scores with all of us, even the high and mighty Roman Polanski. Roman forced himself on a little girl. That was wrong no matter how you spin it. No man has the right to harm a child.
At least we don’t have to worry about him appearing here in America any time soon.
For those of you old enough to remember the 1950s Dragnet television police series … this is what Jack Webb would have done with Roman –