Over the past few months Academy Award winning director Roman Polanski has been living in the confines of Switzerland moving from prison to house arrest and now according to a report from the Los Angeles Times, he’s a free man. He’s been let go after being held on charges that stemmed from a sexual assault that took place over 30 years ago. What’s the reason for the government’s recent change of heart? Someone fucked up the paperwork!
Polanski was accused of raping a 13 year old girl, supplying her with alcohol and drugs in the form of a Quaalude pill in 1977. Since then, he’d been on the run from U.S. authorities, which eventually came to an end last fall with his surprise arrest in Switzerland. After being under lock and key for 7 months there was an error in the U.S. extradition request and Polanski has been released.
In its decision Monday, the Swiss justice department said it could not exclude the possibility that the extradition request was “undermined by a serious fault,” because the U.S. had failed to turn over certain documents requested by the Swiss with regard to the case.
Also, Swiss authorities said that, until 2009, the U.S. had not filed any extradition request against Polanski “for years,” even though it knew he had bought a house in Switzerland in 2006 and was a regular visitor there. That gave the director a reasonable expectation that he was not under threat of arrest and deportation from there.
As of 12:30 today, Polanski is a free man according to a Swiss official. Do you see what happens when you don’t have proper follow-through? This is not the type of error we need popping up in a major assault case. They literally had 3 decades to make sure their case was air-tight and yet something like this still happened. Thanks a lot random file clerk.
What do you think of the circumstances of Polanski’s release?