Swiss court rejects Polanski bail

20th October 2009, Comments 2 comments

The Federal Criminal Tribunal says there is a 'high' risk that Polanski could flee the country.

Geneva -- Switzerland's top criminal court on Tuesday rejected bail for Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski, saying there was a "high" risk that he could flee the country.

"The court considered the risk that Roman Polanski might flee if released from custody as high," the Federal Criminal Tribunal said in a statement.

Polanski has been regarded as a fugitive by US authorities since he fled the country in 1978 after admitting to sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He was detained by Swiss police acting on an extradition warrant when he went to Zurich to collect an award at the city's film festival.

AFP / Expatica

2 Comments To This Article

  • EditorCH posted:

    on 23rd October 2009, 14:00:20 - Reply

    Hi Joseph,
    You are right, Polaski's lawyer has already stated they expect to appeal.
  • Joseph Jamene posted:

    on 22nd October 2009, 14:46:17 - Reply

    The Bail system in any nation forms the basic right of the individual as an exchange of substance and wealth for the individual as physical being responsible for accountablity and presence.

    Any particular individual may be suspectable to the bail system where alternatives to nationality and wealth distibution stand as temptations.

    We assume that the case could see an appeal