Roman Polanski set free by Swiss authorities

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Polanksi waves goodbye to his charges.
Fucking great.
After months of deliberation, the Swiss Ministry of Justice has announced today that Roman Polanski is “a free man” in Switzerland and will not be extradited to the U.S. to face his charges for drugging and raping a 13-year old girl.
According to AP, the ministry says the reason why the extradition was rejected is because Washington declined to give them confidential testimony by Roger Gunson, who was the Los Angeles attorney in charge of the original prosecution against Polanski. But who knows if giving that information would have really resulted in his extradition as I tend to agree with Melissa that Switzerland doesn’t seem to really give a shit about the charges, saying he has come to the country for years “on good faith.”
We’re not sure what happens from here, but for now, he is a free to live in Switzerland until he enters another country where the U.S. can once again call for an extradition.
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