Roman Polanski Ready for Release, No Appeal of Bail Decision

Preparations are underway for Roman Polanski to be released from jail on bail and home detention at his chalet in Switzerland. The Swiss Justice Ministry announced today they will not appeal the decision.

Polanski will be released from custody as soon as bail has been transferred, ID and travel documents have been lodged, and the electronic monitoring system has been installed and tested.

He served 60 days in jail following his extradition arrest, and the appeals court in LA still has his motion to dismiss under consideration. The victim has asked the appeals court to dismiss the case.

Oral argument in the California appeal is set for December 10.

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    Mr. Polanski is a very fortunate person. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by oculus on Thu Nov 26, 2009 at 03:57:18 PM EST

    Polanski's wife's mother (none / 0) (#2)
    by scribe on Thu Nov 26, 2009 at 07:45:42 PM EST
    is expressing thanks to French President Sarkozy, reports Munich's Suddeutsche Zeitung.  While there has been no admission that he was involved directly in moving the Swiss toward granting bail and she says she has no idea whether he was in fact involved, she is thanking Sarkozy for all his support.

    victim's request not pertinent (none / 0) (#4)
    by diogenes on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 11:36:54 AM EST
    The victim's statement only matters if justice is about retribution.  In fact, Polanski also was sentenced for deterrence reasons.    He should be imprisoned now to demonstrate that being a fugitive from justice is not worth doing.