Swiss to Polanski: Bail DENIED
Swiss authorities rejected an appeal on Tuesday to release from jail Roman Polanski, the film director arrested last month after fleeing the United States in 1978 to avoid sentencing in an underage sex case.
Authorities also urged a Swiss court dealing with his extradition warrant to reject another appeal by Polanski's lawyers to have him freed and to refuse any request to release the 76-year-old Oscar-winning film director on bail.
Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and spent 42 days in prison undergoing psychiatric tests. When released he left the country because he believed a judge would sentence him to up to 50 years behind bars despite a plea agreement for time already served.
"In our view, there is still a very high risk that he will flee and that a release on bail or other measures after a release cannot guarantee Polanski's presence in the extradition procedure," Federal Office of Justice spokesman Folco Galli said.
"Fool me once, shame on me ..." Imagine that. He fled his sentencing here back in '77, despite having agreed to a plea deal, and the Swiss see he might do the same thing to them. They're in the middle of extraditing him back here, and they're afraid that if they grant him bail that he'll, well, bail on them.
Kudos to the Swiss for having more brains than the collective idiots in Hollywood.