They’re refusing to extradite Roman Polanski to the US. Why? Because they can’t be sure there isn’t a flaw in the extradition request, even though they can’t find one:
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 The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked.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.
Oh, for Pete’s sake! The Swiss are basing their denial on two technicalities and the remote possibility that there might be a flaw in the request – which had been “thoroughly examined.” Don’t forget what Polanksi did: he stands convicted of drugging and anally raping a 13-year old girl. And yet Madame Widmer-Schlumpf is letting him go on the basis of a possibly uncrossed T?
Ed has it right: this is just cover. The real reason they’ve committed this judicial atrocity is to please the entertainment industry and the EU Left, who apparently think drugging and sodomizing a child can be excused for the sake of art.
Congratulations, Switzerland! With this one move, your government has placed your nation on a level with amoral banana-republics the world over.