Roman Polanski case highlights the global politics of extradition

By Katherine Dunn

The travails of Roman Polanski in Switzerland this autumn have offered some lessons to the world's wanted over extradition laws and how to deal with them. The Polish director has of course been living in France, with little fear of extradition, since 1978, when he fled the USA facing statutory rape charges. Only now of course this autumn was he arrested on an American warrant on a visit to Switzerland, while movie stars and directors crowed for his release.
Now, he is out on bail, secured with the help of French president ...

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