Roman Polanski: Should the Swiss Deny Extradition?
Posted on Sat Jan 23, 2010 at 12:24:00 PM EST
Tags: Roman Polanski (all tags)
Now that the Judge has refused Roman Polanski's request to be sentenced in absentia, the Swiss will act on the extradition request. Can they refuse it? Do they have to refuse it as being legally insufficient? What is Polanski's best argument?
Roman Polanski's lawyers say LA prosecutors misled the Swiss in making the request for Roman's extradition by omitting to inform them that Polanski was not facing a sentence of a year or more upon his return.
Lawyers for Mr. Polanski have argued that the judge who originally handled the case, Laurence J. Rittenband, who has since died, never intended to jail him for more than 90 days. They contend that a sentence that short would not qualify Mr. Polanski, who has been held in Switzerland since September, for extradition to the United States under a treaty between the two countries.
...Action by the Swiss is anticipated within weeks, although Mr. Polanski’s lawyers have said in court that officials in Switzerland had been waiting for more clarity about Mr. Polanski’s possible sentence.
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