- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The “Swiss bank account” has long been known as a repository in which individuals could hide assets they did not wish to become known to authorities. Now it is obvious that those who engage in statutory rape in the United States may flee to Switzerland secure in the knowledge that their crime will not be taken seriously.

Although Roman Polanski’s victim wishes for his crime against her to be washed away, the fact remains that a heinous act was committed, one that does not become less serious with the passage of time. It is outrageous that the Swiss refuse to honor a valid extradition request for a fugitive from American justice.

Justice has not been served in the Polanski case as another “friend” of the United States enables him to get off scot-free. The Swiss have expectorated in our faces.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper St. Clair, Pa.

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