It only took them ten months, but the the Swiss Ministry of Justice finally decided this morning that it will not extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. to face his 1977 rape charge. Which means the director, who was arrested last September while attempting to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival, is now free to leave his Alpine chalet where he’s been toiling away under electronically monitored house arrest since December. In a statement the ministry said: “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.” But whatever — Polanski’s out, and just in time to see Inception!
Polanski free, Swiss reject US extradition request [AP]