Does anybody believe for one second that this extradition will take place? I don't.
The Swiss media have joined together and have rounded on their own government. Sarkozy and Mitterand are both involved on Polanski's side. The Poles are furious (Polanski has joint French/Polish nationality). Hollywood is backing Polanski.
For the last 12-15 years Polanski has been partly living and working in Switzerland, where he owns a house. But all of a sudden, because the US snaps its fingers, the Swiss govenment jumps.
The victim in question has said that all charges should be dropped after receiving an undisclosed sum of money.
If Switzerland do extradite him, they will be seen as the US lap dogs of Europe, and very possibly there will be a boycott of Swiss products by the French, Poles and even Israelis. Any more film festivals in Switzerland will be boycotted.
I'm not condoning for one minute what he did, he deserves to go to prison, but you simply can't arrest a man who has been invited to your country, as a guest, to receive an award from that country for services to the world.
As far as I can see, the only outcome is that the Swiss government and the US are going to both look very silly.
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