To Catch a Predator: Swiss Edition

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polanskiIn 1977 Roman Polanski had sex with a 13 year old girl. He was convicted and plead guilty to some pretty messed up charges. I’ll spare the gritty details and just tell you what he did was wrong in any court. He then fled the country to France, where he is a legal resident. France has an extradition treaty with the U.S., but can refuse to extradite one of their own citizens. On Saturday Polanski traveled to Switzerland to accept a lifetime achievement award, and that’s when he got busted.

Polanski has been out of France before, but this time U.S. Authorities knew about the Zurich Film Festival in advance, and that he would be attending. Using this knowledge they set up the arrest in advance and waited for him. He has been arrested and is being held in a Zurich jail. The extradition process has to go under a review before they release him to U.S. Authorities. And I thought the Swiss were neutral watch and knife makers…

While in jail he is confined to his cell for 23 hours a day, and has hired an attorney and plans to contest his arrest. The warrant for his arrest has been in place since 1978, and he’s been dodging it since. While in France, he was protected cause they would not release him into U.S. custody. They downplayed the severity of his charges and made it seem like it wasn’t a big deal. Now, since he was arrested in Switzerland, they are trying to convince the Swiss government to free him cause he also holds citizenship there and could be protected like he was in France.

The French are pretty mad at the U.S. cause of the actions taken. For 30 years Europe has turned a blind eye to his crime and ignored it when it came up. Now that he’s been caught a lot of people are coming out and saying “Hey, it’s been 30 years. Can’t we let this slide?” Some think it should while others don’t, and those others want the book thrown at him. But seriously, who throws books at people?

We will have to see how this plays out in the coming week. This could be a while.

Source: BBC and Yahoo.

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2 Responses to “To Catch a Predator: Swiss Edition”

  1. Tom Says:

    bricks were shat

  2. g.e. Taylor Says:

    Has anyone seen the previews of this week’s “Saturday Night Live” send-up skit of this? The working title is “To Catch A Polanski” and they’re trying to get Chris Hanson to be part of the show. Rumors abound that James O’Keefe is looking for a “weekly cebreality version” of this caper along the lines of “Punked” Can’t wait TV.

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