Seems that the message being sent to those who have sex with children is to go to Switzerland.
France does not allow its own citizens to be extradited to the US.
Bern. 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 The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked.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.
At the end of 2005 the US authorities issued an international search warrant against Roman Polanski due to sexual offence against a minor committed in 1977. On the basis of this international order of arrest, Roman Polanski was arrested on 26th September 2009 upon his arrival at the airport of Zürich and taken into provisional custody pending extradition. On 22nd October 2009 the US authorities filed a formal extradition request. On 4th December Roman Polanski was released from custody after depositing a 4.5 million franc bail and was granted house arrest under electronic monitoring in his chalet in Gstaad.
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Oh! Can someone tell me how to quote the post I want to reply to? I haven't figured it out.
The stunning decision could end the United States' three-decade pursuit of Polanski, unless he travels to another country that would be willing to apprehend him and weigh sending him to Los Angeles. France, where he has spent much of his time, does not extradite its own citizens, and the public scrutiny over Switzerland's deliberations may dissuade other nations from making such a spectacular arrest
I think that if someones commits a crime and stays on the loose for over 20 years, punishing then loses the point. People change a lot over 20 years, assuming they didnt continue commiting crimes over this time I think they should just be forgiven. Punishing even after 10 years sounds too much.
After all the objective (at least teoric, albeit on practice it oftenly becomes revenge) of our penal systems is trying to change people while keeping then safely away from society. If a criminal stays on the loose for so long he may have changed completly, and if he didnt commit more crimes over this time, showing that he really changed, then there is no point in arresting him.
You can, of course, go to the USA if you have sex with children, if you rape and torture their families and murder the whole family as long as it's done under the auspicious and guidance of the CIA or other criminal US organization.
Not only can you go to the US if you excel at these ventures, they'll likely find you more work in your chosen field.
the fact he was 43 and she was 13 meant that there was a fundamental disparity of psychological power in the encounter and so, at the very least, he behaved like deeply creepy f*cker