Roman Polanki is now a free man. Officials in Switzerland threw out a request to extradite the director to the United States for his sentence on a child-sex charge. Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpft said the following in a press conference today: "The 76-year-old French-Polish film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the USA. The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked."
The reason for the decision to throw out the extradition, according to Widmer-Schlumpft, is "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." This entire fiasco for which Polanski has been held is from a trial in 1977 accusing Polanski of having sex with an underage woman.
I think a lot of people, myself included, don't understand all of the details of what Polanski has gone through since 1977 with this case. I was not alive then, so I was unable to experience the trial at the time, and we all know how dependable the news is these days. All I can say is Congratulations. There has been a lot of support for the director, Jack Nicholson included, in Hollywood.
Source: Associated Foreign Press
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