Swiss reject Polanski extradition request

posted at 9:30 am on July 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Swiss have rejected the American extradition request for Roman Polanski and have ended his house arrest.  The apparent reason?  They couldn’t be certain that there wasn’t a fault somewhere in the official request:

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 The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked. This announcement was made by Mrs Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), in Berne on Monday. The reason for the decision lies in 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. Moreover, also the principles of State action deriving from international public order were taken into account.

At the end of 2005 the US authorities issued an international search warrant against Roman Polanski due to sexual offence against a minor committed in 1977. On the basis of this international order of arrest, Roman Polanski was arrested on 26th September 2009 upon his arrival at the airport of Zürich and taken into provisional custody pending extradition. On 22nd October 2009 the US authorities filed a formal extradition request. On 4th December Roman Polanski was released from custody after depositing a 4.5 million franc bail and was granted house arrest under electronic monitoring in his chalet in Gstaad.

Let’s parse this a moment, shall we?  The Swiss point to no fault in the request.  In fact, they admit it was “thoroughly examined.”  Instead of acting on an extradition request that admittedly had no apparent fault, the Swiss refused because it might have a fault.  Somewhere.

What, are Swiss lawyers that incompetent?  Are their jurists that unintelligent?  By that standard, the entire legal system in Switzerland should be dismantled, its employees sent to remedial school, and perhaps the government should resign in favor of an absolute monarchy.  Assuming, of course, that anyone with an IQ above 70 can be found to hold the office.

Of course, this is not the case.  Switzerland just didn’t want to turn Polanski over to the US for fear of falling out of favor with the entertainment industry, and the EuroLeft that adores the child rapist Polanski.  When they couldn’t come up with a good reason, they had to claim that the lack of a good reason was reason enough to reject the request.

If Switzerland likes child rapists so much, perhaps we should send them more of ours.

Update: My friend Brant points out in the comments that “pederast” has a specific meaning regarding the victims; they’re boys, not girls.  I’ve changed the term out for “child rapist,” which is more accurate.

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“I’m out, I’m free! I feel like sodomizing a kid again!”
-Roman Polanski

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Nice

chewydog on July 12, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I wouldn’t want to pal around with Gibson, but man, where are their standards?

stonemeister on July 12, 2010 at 11:14 AM

The sad part is that you even have to argue this point.

CWforFreedom on July 12, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Davey Rywall- as we play your idiotic games do tell me what Clinton did in regards to Polanski you puke.

CWforFreedom on July 12, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Maybe the Swuss, oops, Swiss could keep him there and give him some community service. You know, like volunteering at a middle school.

mchristian on July 12, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Switzerland, what scum you are to allow the rapist of a child off the hook.

crosspatch on July 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Davey Rywall- as we play your idiotic games do tell me what Clinton did in regards to Polanski you puke.

CWforFreedom on July 12, 2010 at 11:26 AM
——
Dearest Idiot:

As previously posted, I hold all previous presidents responsible for not extraditing the child rapist and putting him back in jail where he belongs. If Obama fails to react harshly to this latest Swiss bullsh*t, I will blame him too.

Bye bye now.

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

I guess Switzerland will now be a stop on the international pedophilia tour.

meci on July 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

“I’m out, I’m free! I feel like sodomizing a kid again!”
-Roman Polanski

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Nice

chewydog on July 12, 2010 at 11:16 AM
——

I see someone explained the joke to you. That’s awesome.

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Those European judges always disappoint me. Wasn’t Van der Sloot’s father a judge? Probably all corrupt. Plus they always like to poke the U.S. in the eye.

As for me, I like swiss cheese.

GTR640 on July 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

What Roman Polanski did was worse than what Mel Gibson did.

But what Gibson did was in 2010 (you know, this year) which is why it’s bigger news right now.

Why is that difficult for some people to understand?

And hey, how come nobody is talking about Fatty Arbuckle?

YYZ on July 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Oh come on, it wasn’t rape rape….

dczombie on July 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM

But what Gibson did was in 2010 (you know, this year) which is why it’s bigger news right now.

Why is that difficult for some people to understand?

YYZ on July 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

It’s not, but obviously this is news and deserves to be discussed as such. If Gibson were being arrested for something he did 30 years ago, presumably that too, would be news.

Esthier on July 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Well it is an outrage, but one that was not unexpected.

scalleywag on July 12, 2010 at 11:57 AM

And hey, how come nobody is talking about Fatty Arbuckle?

YYZ on July 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

I already mentioned a better example, Charlie Chaplin. Ironically, Fatty was his mentor. Charlie, like Polanski, also had a taste for teenaged girls, and also stayed in Switzerland after being charged under the Mann Act.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Here’s where you document everything W did to extradite the child rapist during his 2 terms in office.

Can’t wait.

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I would assume that this was helpful:

At the end of 2005 the US authorities issued an international search warrant against Roman Polanski due to sexual offence against a minor committed in 1977.

I don’t know if W had anything to do with this, but I also don’t see what he or any other president could have done. I agree with your point, that it’s stupid to pretend this is being done against Obama and wouldn’t have been done against W, but I’m not sure that W did nothing either.

It’s a pretty simple and obvious case of obnoxious Swiss anti-Americanism. And it pi*ses me off.

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Why? Since when have you cared that people hate us?

Esthier on July 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

I’m pretty sure that the warrant for Polanski the Pedophile’s arrest was issued by the state of California and not the federal government. So, Bush and Obama had nothing to do with it. Could be wrong.

NavyMustang on July 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Dave, you are overdoing it a bit with your phony outrage about Polanski. Everyone knows your side of the aisle worships the piece of sh1t, so just stop. It’s embarrassing.

ClassicCon on July 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Bye bye now.

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Who is President now? Who was President when the order for his arrest went out?.

You’re still a puke. Good job -glad you blamed Clinton.

CWforFreedom on July 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Why? Since when have you cared that people hate us?

Esthier on July 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Considering Davey is anti-American himself this seems kind of absurd.

CWforFreedom on July 12, 2010 at 12:10 PM

It’s embarrassing.

ClassicCon on July 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Davey’s faux outrage is truly something. See: his joke about child rape. What a puke.

CWforFreedom on July 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM

I’m pretty sure that the warrant for Polanski the Pedophile’s arrest was issued by the state of California and not the federal government. So, Bush and Obama had nothing to do with it. Could be wrong.

NavyMustang on July 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

I believe that. But I also don’t see what else Obama or Bush could have or should have done. Without a country willing to help bring him back, I don’t see what the point would have been except cheap politics.

I hope Obama reacts to this, and I wish he’d just released the documents they wanted, but this isn’t something worth going to war over.

Esthier on July 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM

From Drudge:

AFTER MONTHS OF LEGAL WRANGLING, ‘NEW’ BRIT GOV’T KEEPS U.S. RADIO HOST MICHAEL SAVAGE ON BANNED LIST… DEVELOPING…

Ironic. American liberal criminal (Polanski) is protected person in Europe, while American conservative, exercising free speech (Savage) is prohibited from entering.

GTR640 on July 12, 2010 at 12:17 PM

in Europe, while American conservative, exercising free speech (Savage) is prohibited from entering.

GTR640 on July 12, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Yep puke.

CWforFreedom on July 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I say we send Gary Faulkner after him.

joe_doufu on July 12, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I’m pretty sure that the warrant for Polanski the Pedophile’s arrest was issued by the state of California and not the federal government. So, Bush and Obama had nothing to do with it. Could be wrong.

NavyMustang on July 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

That was the 1978 California warrant. But a new international arrest warrant was issued in 2005.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Start a false rumor that Polanski is a Republican and the Swiss Cheeses’ will deport him tomorrow.

MaiDee on July 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM

It’s a pretty simple and obvious case of obnoxious Swiss anti-Americanism. And it pi*ses me off.

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 10:02 AM
Why? Since when have you cared that people hate us?

Esthier on July 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

The faux outrage is so transparent.
And it’s really funny how Bush ended up being mentioned at all here & even funnier how Dave latched onto it & made it even bigger.
It isn’t a POTUS’s fault.
It is the fault of whatever justice agencies (FBI?) are responsible for processing this kind of thing.
And it is the fulat of the countries that are harboring this guy.
It’s really got nothing to do with Obama, Bush, Reagan, or Clinton.

Badger40 on July 12, 2010 at 12:44 PM

This is from the same man who said the opposition to him is because “I don’t look like all the other presidents ” on our money.

I detect a trend

tom on July 12, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Somebody got paid off to set the pedophile loose.
.
Polanski has spent more time in a Swiss jail than a California jail (68 days vs. 42 days) for his crime. How’s that for irony?

ExpressoBold on July 12, 2010 at 12:54 PM

At least I’m not some partisan jackass who refuses to blame both sides.

Dave Rywall on July 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Absolutely priceless. “I’m so fair that I’ll blame both sides, even when it’s obvious that one side could not have had anything to do with it.”

Liberal thinking at it’s finest.

Polanski ran during the Carter administration, and has been protected in France ever since. Only when he went to Switzerland 30 years later during the Obama administration did extradition become a possibility. The only tie you can find to the Bush administration was the re-issuing of the extradition request.

But hey, let’s blame Bush and Obama equally.

tom on July 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

This is from the same man who said the opposition to him is because “I don’t look like all the other presidents ” on our money.

Polanski said that?

YYZ on July 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

This is from the same man who said the opposition to him is because “I don’t look like all the other presidents ” on our money.

I detect a trend

tom on July 12, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Obviously the above was supposed to be posted on the Obamateurism thread.

I blame Bush.

tom on July 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

This is from the same man who said the opposition to him is because “I don’t look like all the other presidents ” on our money.

Polanski said that?

YYZ on July 12, 2010 at 1:04 PM

No, Obama on the Obamateurism thread.

But it’s Bush’s fault he said it.

tom on July 12, 2010 at 1:05 PM

perhaps this is mentioned elsewhere, but is this payback for the aggressiveness US admin showed towards UBS and private Swiss bank accounts last year?

vinman on July 12, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The Swiss were clear on why they rejected the request.

lexhamfox on July 12, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Yes, because there may have been an error in the request that the court and all of the lawyers involved could not find. That’s brilliantly clear.

Ed Morrissey on July 12, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Ed, That statement you quoted was part of a larger statement not picked up everywhere. The Swiss requested information that the US authorities refused to provide relating to his earlier detention in the US.

The Swiss are well known conservatives.

Rywall you puke- who was in charge in 2005 when the Polanski arrest warrant was issued?

CWforFreedom on July 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM

That’s not what the Swiss said. Another statement said:

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.

lexhamfox on July 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

The only option remaining is to boycott any movie he has any involvement and to make it clear to all US Movie Studios that any such movie will tank badly in the US.
If he can’t be brought to justice then make him an unbankable commodity. It would be difficult to continue his “pursuits” without large cash reserves.
I believe his popularity in Europe will tank also.

mad scientist on July 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Child-rapist haven.

To provide sanctuary to the lowest vermin only makes obvious who else fled to Switzerland for residency.

maverick muse on July 12, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Somebody explain this to me: the glitterati have embraced Roman Polanski, who was convicted of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl! Yet, they have blasted and plan on destroying Mel Gibson for being a mean drunk and saying hateful things.

I wouldn’t want to pal around with Gibson, but man, where are their standards?

Because Gibson (a Christian) is a big target. Because he’s Christian, apparently racist and antisemitic (in other words, he’s just like Obama’s former preacher of 20 years).

Polanski was an artist, you see, and because he didn’t ‘preach’ against rape, he can be excused for having done it. Because he’s not a hypocrite, wingnuts, that’s why the left lets him off with child rape and tries to pretend it ‘wasn’t a big deal.’

But Mel Gibson yelling idiotic sh*t IS a really big deal. It’s almost a form of rape. Not rape-rape, or Polanski-rape, but rape all the same becuase it ‘offends people.’

Welcome to the left. I have no idea what they’re trying to say, either.

Good Lt on July 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM

This was pretty much the expected outcome once they sent him to his own home with visits from anyone that came calling.

ButterflyDragon on July 12, 2010 at 2:47 PM

There is a silver lining to this issue. If Polanski had been returned to the US, our liberal Court system would have given him a slap on the wrist and then the Hollywood Crowd who sees nothing at all wrong with Child Rape would come to his defense and he would be permitted to stay in the Country. The Warrant for his arrest is still outstanding and he will have to stay with the Swiss or the French. As for the Swiss- they cheated the Jews after World War 2 of their assets and sided with the Nazis. They also refused Jews into their Country when they were trying to escape from the Nazis.

flintstone on July 12, 2010 at 2:56 PM

This looks like a job for Dog The Bounty Hunter. There is a reward isn’t there? If not why not.

meci on July 12, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Instead of acting on an extradition request that admittedly had no apparent fault, the Swiss refused because it might have a fault. Somewhere.

I re-re-re-re re-read the statement and eliminated the BS parts.
The Swiss ARE claiming there is a fault with the US extradition request although they won’t say what the fault is.

The reason for the decision lies in 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.

Fact, it was not possible to “exclude” a “fault” in the US extradition request.

Okay, so what was the fault?

DSchoen on July 12, 2010 at 4:17 PM

In a mass protest today in Zurich, all Swiss flags were flown upside down.

Wait a minute . . .

BigAlSouth on July 12, 2010 at 4:30 PM

To provide sanctuary to the lowest vermin only makes obvious who else fled to Switzerland for residency.

maverick muse on July 12, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Marc Rich still lives there.

And as I recall the idiot the Democrats ran for President in 2004 went to boarding school there.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Fuck Switzerland; simple as that.

Somebody explain this to me: the glitterati have embraced Roman Polanski, who was convicted of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl! Yet, they have blasted and plan on destroying Mel Gibson for being a mean drunk and saying hateful things.

I wouldn’t want to pal around with Gibson, but man, where are their standards?

Enough with the partisan bickering. Name one journalist who “embraced” Polanski but “blasted” Mel Gibson. I can’t stand the two-faced reporting but I don’t know anybody worth their salt who “embraced” Polanski.

The Race Card on July 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM

News at 6 ….. BO praises Switzerland for it’s legal ruling. No law should profile or discriminate against pedophiles.”

David in ATL on July 12, 2010 at 5:35 PM

NavyMustang on July 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Correct. However, an extradition order for someone in another country has to be handled by the State Department. This is because extradition orders are based on extradition treaties and therefore a federal area.

Blake on July 12, 2010 at 6:22 PM

It’s good to see another country with a judicial system as screwed up as ours.

Old eagle on July 12, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Come on, people, he’s been punished. He just hasn’t been punished punished.

Daggett on July 13, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Enough with the partisan bickering. Name one journalist who “embraced” Polanski but “blasted” Mel Gibson. I can’t stand the two-faced reporting but I don’t know anybody worth their salt who “embraced” Polanski.

The Race Card on July 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Don’t know about journalists, but if this is true, then here’s a list of celebrities that support him.

Badger40 on July 13, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Well, Whoopie infamously said it wasn’t “rape-rape” and coinkidinkily said yesterday that Mel Gibson was not a racist(-”racist”) but here is a post that more peeps should have payed attention to..

perhaps this is mentioned elsewhere, but is this payback for the aggressiveness US admin showed towards UBS and private Swiss bank accounts last year?

vinman on July 12, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Great thinking Vinny! You got somethin’ there!

Gob on July 13, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Enough with the partisan bickering. Name one journalist who “embraced” Polanski but “blasted” Mel Gibson. I can’t stand the two-faced reporting but I don’t know anybody worth their salt who “embraced” Polanski.

The Race Card on July 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Sounds like at least an “embrace” by Richard Cohen, he probably dreams of being plied by Roman.

kirkill on July 13, 2010 at 2:03 PM

The Race Card – oh sure, now you’ll say, “he’s not worth his salt”, nice out you left yourself.

kirkill on July 13, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Quite a few journalists defended Polanski. (I hate proving these easy negatives)

Rape Apologists on “Blog of the Moderate Left”

hawkdriver on July 13, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Sounds like at least an “embrace” by Richard Cohen, he probably dreams of being plied by Roman.

kirkill on July 13, 2010 at 2:03 PM

I had read that article also. What is funny is the argument that the victim forgave him so we should too. Great, wonderful. If the family of a murder victim forgives the killer, should we let them off scott free? It’s not just a civil consideration when we’re trying to protect the rest of society from the behavior. It shouldn’t be a civil consideration when it comes to punishing the guilty.

hawkdriver on July 13, 2010 at 6:59 PM

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