The New York Times just reported that Switzerland has rejected and the extradition request by the United States for film director Roman Polanski. Polanski was the subject of an October 1, 2009 post, “Roman Polanski the Rapist and the Hollywood Crowd” Let’s briefly review the facts in this matter:
- Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in September on a US arrest warrant.
- The case involved a rape of a 13-year-old girl for which Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977. During a photo-shoot for French Vogue magazine, Polanski gave the teenage girl champagne and Quaaludes and forced himself on her, but later claimed it was consensual.
- After pleading guilty, Polanski was sent to prison for 42-days for psychiatric evaluation. When he learned he might get another 48 days, Polanski, the coward fled, the country.
So what was the Swiss’s excuse for releasing this despicable human being? They have stated that “national interests were taken into consideration in the decision”, and that Mr. Polanski was now a free man. This is doubletalk that says nothing. The bottom line is that Polanski has powerful friends in Hollywood and other places that worked behind the scenes to let this rapist free. So much for just being blind.
This is another example of the lack of cooperation that the United States receives from other countries. Remember when Obama ran for office indicating that Bush was the impediment for such cooperation? Well, that dog doesn’t hunt any more.