Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Swiss Court Approves Bail for Child Molester After Conviction!

Polanski wins bail in Switzerland, stays in jail
Nov. 25, 2009, 10:28 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) -- A Swiss court granted Roman Polanski bail on Wednesday, accepting $4.5 million to allow him to remain under house arrest at his chalet. The director will stay in prison for up to 10 days while the Swiss government decides whether to appeal.

The Swiss Criminal Court reversed its previous rejection of bail, saying it was confident the large cash guarantee would compel Polanski to remain at his chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad under house arrest and monitored by an electronic bracelet.

The court said it still viewed him as a high flight risk.

The verdict does not affect the Swiss Justice Ministry's ongoing assessment of whether Polanski should be extradited to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski fled sentencing in Los Angeles a year later.

"The 76-year-old appellant is married and the father of two minors," the court said as it considered Polanski's offer of a cash bail secured by his apartment in Paris. "It can be assumed that as a responsible father he will, especially in view of his advanced age, attach greater importance to the financial security of his family than a younger person."

The court said Polanski would be subjected to "constant electronic surveillance" at his chalet and an alarm would be activated if he leaves the premises or takes off the bracelet.

But Polanski wasn't immediately released by the Swiss Justice Ministry, which ordered him arrested Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival.

Reprinted from: MSN Movie News 25 Nov. 2009.

1 comment:

Dave said...

What does Switzerland have? Let's see now. They have

1. Child rapist that will be sentenced to his chalet because they 'trust him due to his older age',

2. Fine chocolates,

3. Nazi gold stolen from Holocaust victims as well as money and other rare materials from the second world war.

4. Fine skiing,

5. Did I mention the child rapist they trust won't leave or remove his electronic bracelet? An alarm should go off and several days later they may respond to see if he's still home. They hope he will be! Smells like a potentially corrupt judge in the barrel who may have gotten a bigger retirement than they had yesterday. I may be wrong and it's just my opinion.