Switzerland Frees Roman Polanski
The Federal Department of Justice of Switzerland has rejected a call to extradite a highly sought after director.
The statement of the department says “The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a fault in the US extradition request, although the issue was thoroughly examined. Moreover, also the principles of State action deriving from international public order were taken into account.”
The award winning director was arrested in Zurich last September 26, 2009. The United States then filed for his extradition to the country where he was charged for having sex with a 13-year-old way back in 1977.
Polanski has been on house arrest since December in the Swiss ski resort Gstaad after paying a 4.5 million Franc bail.
The freedom restricting measures against the 2002 Academy Award Best Director winner for The Pianist has been revoked already according to the Swiss federal police.
The Los Angeles County prosecutors and the US Justice Department officials have both expressed outrage at step made by Switzerland. They vowed that they will continue their pursuit of Polanski.