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July 12th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Swiss won't extradite Polanski on child sex charge

Director Roman Polanski is under house arrest in Switzerland pending extradition to the United States.
Director Roman Polanski is under house arrest in Switzerland pending extradition to the United States.

(CNN) - Switzerland will not send Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States to face child sex charges, the Ministry of Justice announced Monday.

He is now free, the ministry said.

Polanski pleaded guilty in Los Angeles, California to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 but fled to Europe before he was sentenced.

He was arrested in Switzerland last year and had been fighting extradition since then.

Switzerland was not making a decision about the severity of the charge or whether Polanski was guilty, Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said.

"It's not about qualifying the crime. That is not our job. It's also not about deciding over guilt or innocence," she said.

The Swiss rejected the American request because the United States did not supply all the legal records Switzerland requested, and because Polanski had a reasonable right to think he would not be arrested if he visited the country, she said.

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  1. LIZ CARTER in GA

    @Charles Hunt; I agree with you 100%. The MEDIA is making such a BIG DEAL over the POLANSKI thing; when after all those years they let those CATHOLICS slide! Both the MEDIA and SOCIETY in general found a way to turn a DEAF EAR on what was happening to those little alterboys! With POLANSKI, his so-called VICTIM, who I BELEIVE was fully aware of what she was doing, has come out asking that 'WE THE PEOPLE', leave this man alone! I'D HEARD ABOUT THOSE LUDE ACTS DONE BY PREISTS, WHEN I WAS A CHILD! SO, WHY NOW?

    July 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  2. Dim Sunni AaronsWuche

    Morally old man Polanski should be ashamed of himself for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. How will he feel if somebody can do same to his daughter of same age. Where was the parents of this girl when Polanski commited this sin.

    July 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  3. cheth

    Any victim that can show enough reasonable cause to bring a suspect into court has the right to see that trial to the end. Polanski admitted the crime, paid financial retribution to the victim, now it time to face his day in court. Just like any other individual charged with a crime, especially one involving assault to a child. Just like all the priests that have been charged in this country, just like the late Jackson, who got his day and was found innocent. All he has to do is finish an appointment at the courthouse and this whole mess will take care of itself. Shame on the Swiss, this encourages criminals to flee court dates.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  4. charles hunt

    why is there such a uproar regarding Polanski when the Catholic priests raped young alterboys for years, and then the uper echelon of the church were shipped off to Rome and made cardinals etc while the pope pretended that he had no knowledge of what had been going on for years. They should all be in prison

    July 12, 2010 at 10:16 am |