July 12, 2010
The Swiss refuse to extradite convicted child rapist Roman Polanski.
Wonder what effect Polanski’s letter to barry (hand delivered by Sargozy) had.
Swiss ministry via NPR:
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 The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked.
But Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf wants to assure it “wasn’t about deciding whether he is guilty or not guilty.”
Think Whoopi it wasn’t rape rape Goldberg will have a party for him?
Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division: “We are deeply disappointed. We thought our extradition request was supported by the facts. We’re going to review our options.”
Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley also expressed disappointment, saying that the United States “believes that the rape of a 13-year-old child by an adult is a crime” and would continue to pursue justice in the case.
Asked about comments by the Swiss attorney general that suggested technical errors in the U.S. extradition request, Crowley said: “A 13-year-girl was drugged and raped by an adult — this is not a matter of technicality.”