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Let’s Blame The Swiss For Roman Polanski’s Arrest

1774882ROMAN Polanski is arrested in Switzerland and faces extradition to the US for having sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977.

In 1978, Polanski settled in France, where he is protected by France’s limited extradition with US. The media round-up:

The Age: “The controversial Polish-French director, 76, was arrested on Saturday as he arrived to receive a special award at the Zurich film festival. The Justice Ministry said he is being held to await deportation to the United States.”

Anne Applebaum, Washington Post: The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski

Of all nations, why was it Switzerland — the country that traditionally guarded the secret bank accounts of international criminals and corrupt dictators — that finally decided to arrest Roman Polanski? There must be some deeper story here, because by any reckoning the decision was bizarre — though not nearly as bizarre as the fact that a U.S. judge wants to keep pursuing this case after so many decades.

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Posted: 27th, September 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (12)