Roman Polanski has been released from a Swiss jail after the Swiss turned down a request to extradite him to the U.S. after he was apprehended last September for the statutory rape of a 13-yr-old in the 1970s.
The Rosemary’s Baby director has been under house arrest at a luxury chalet in Gstaad since he was seized in Zurich last September (09) en route to a film festival. U.S. authorities demanded the film-maker be returned to the States to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. He pleaded guilty to the offense but fled to Europe in 1978 before facing a court. But Swiss officials announced on Monday (12Jul10) that the extradition has now been turned down – because they cannot rule out the possibility that there is a “fault” in the request.
An official in East Azerbaijan province said that due to an order by judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani the sentence has been suspended for the time being and would not be implemented.
Haitians already living in the U.S. illegally when the earthquake struck Jan. 12 now have until January to apply for temporary protected status, which allows immigrants from countries experiencing armed conflict or environmental disasters to stay and work in the U.S. for 18 months.