Roman Polanski is a free man in Switzerland

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Roman Polanski avoids extradition to U.S.

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.

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One Response to “Roman Polanski is a free man in Switzerland”

  1. Sean Says:

    This is very disappointing to hear. Time does not make a crime disappear! And I don’t even care if the victim doesn’t want him prosecuted now. It’s not about her, it’s about the sovereignty of our justice system; it is disgusting that a celebrity can get of the hook for a crime like this, no matter how long ago it occurred. Justice should know no time limits!

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