Should Switzerland Deport Roman Polanski?
Roman Polanski, a French and Polish citizenship and also a famous film director, was arrested on September 2009 in Switzerland because of the U.S warrant. He was arrested by Swizz police and now the Swizz authority is thinking whether they should deport him to the United State, where he made a sexual assault on a thirteen years old girl in the past 32 years.
I don’t agree that the Switzerland authority should deport Polanski to the United State for facing a formal sentence there.
This sexual-crime case happened in 1977, and Mr. Polanski has made a lot of visits to Switzerland since then, and he also has a house there. The Switzerland authority can arrest him and deport him while he was in his house there, but why not. This Swiss police should not arrest him now because this case happened for a long time ago.
Samantha Geimer, a victim in the case, has publicly identified herself and expressed forgiveness of Mr. Polanski. Geimer sued Polanski in 1988 by alleging on sexual assault, and in 1993 Polanski agreed to pay her at least $500,000 as part of a civil settlement. Geimer and her lawyers confirmed the settlement was complete since that time.
Mr. Polanski, the Oscar-winning movie director, has wide popularity from people especially in the entertainment industry. Arrested him and deport to the U.S will not satisfied entertainment workers. Ronal Harwood, who won an Oscar as screenwriter of “The Pianist,” said: “It’s really disgraceful. Both the American and the Swiss have miscalculated.” Mr. Jack Lang, a former French culture minister, said: “Sometime, the American justice system shows an excess of formalism.”
The Swiss authorities announced on December 4, 2009 that Polanski had been moved to his home in the resort of Gstaad, Switzerland, and he has been placed under house arrest. I think it’s a good thing that the Swiss authorities don’t extradite him to the U.S, but still I don’t want him to be arrested even under house arrest. He should be freed, and his freedom is in the hands of judges in these two countries.
Written by: Dara Saoyuth
Written Date: 14/12/2009