Swiss justice minister defends detention of filmmaker

Film director Roman Polanski is in detention awaiting possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. He was flying in to receive an honorary award at the Zurich Film Festival when he was arrested. Polanski had visited Switzerland in the past with no problem. Swiss television asked Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf why the authorities had decided to act now. (SF,

This content was published on September 28, 2009

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