The Swiss don’t trust Roman Polanski… not one bit!
According to the Associate Press, Swiss authorities rejected a new higher offer of bail from director Roman Polanski because they think he’ll flee the country once again. Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said the offer was not made in cash and that it did not discuss plans that the 76-year-old filmmaker would flee Switzerland (sketchy, much?)
“We still consider the flight risk as high,” Galli told the Associated Press.
It has been weeks since Polanski was first arrested on September 26, when he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime award from film festival. The director of many classic films such as Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl by persuading her with champagne and a Quaalude pill during a modeling shoot back in’77. Initially, Polanski was charged with six felony’s, including rape by use of drugs, child molestation and sodomy. Polanski plead guilty to minor charges and a judge agreed to drop the remaining charges by sentencing him to prison for a 90-day psychiatric evaluation. However, after only 42-days, Polanski was released by an evaluator, but the judge said that Polanski had to finish the 90 days. This of course never happened because Polanski skipped court on Feb. 1, 1978 and fled the country.
The U.S. has asked for Polanski to be “handed over,” but Galli has stated they they need time to make a deportation decisions that could take weeks (like it has) or months.
Legal experts say the director has little to no chance of being released from prison, no matter what he offers to the Swiss Criminal Court because of his fleeing tendencies.
For now, all Polanski can do is wait for the Swiss court to make a decision on whether or not he’ll be returned to the U.S., but like Galli said, that could take a while.
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