According to the L.A. Times, Switzerland has rejected the United States’ extradition request of movie director Roman Polanski to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The director was arrested and has been in custody since September of 2009. The Swiss police arrested Polanski when he went to Switzerland to accept a lifetime achievement award at a film festival. The arrest was performed at the request of the authorities in Los Angeles.
The Swiss Justice Department cited as one of the reasons for their denial to order extradition because the request was “undermined by a serious fault.” The Swiss said the U.S. failed to turn over certain documents. The Swiss wanted to determine whether the 42 days Polanski had already spent in a Los Angeles jail would have been considered sufficient time served for having sex with a minor. The Swiss also denied the extradition request because the U.S. had not made any request for years, even though it knew Polanski had bought a house in Switzerland and was a regular visitor there.
Extradition is the process in which one state or country sends a person to another state (the “demanding state”) for a crime committed in that demanding state. Extradition is usually used when a defendant flees a state to escape prosecution. The state that the fleeing defendant goes to does not have jurisdiction over crimes committed in another state. The defendant must be extradited back to the state where he will be tried for the crimes that he or she allegedly committed.
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