Switzerland refused to give the U.S. a famous director Roman Polanski, who is also a citizen of Poland.
"I am very grateful and happy to be able to work again in Poland" — said Roman Polanski, arrived in 2001 in Warsaw to shoot the film "The Pianist." Filmed in the Polish capital, the film received three "Oscar" (including Best Director), the top award at the Cannes Film Festival and a number of other prestigious awards.
The news of the arrest of Roman Polanski in Zurich caused a strong reaction in Poland are considered Polanski directed primarily Polish. For him, stood eminent colleagues, including the world-famous Polish director Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi.
"Polanski was a victim of its own popularity. I do not believe in the innocence of the victim — she does not look a man who was there by chance," — said Krzysztof Zanussi In an interview immediately after the arrest of Polanski in Switzerland.
After a meeting with his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski said that the Foreign Minister of France and Poland sent a special letter on the case of Polanski to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was the first such message.
"Poland has the right to just take the word in this case, as it is important to first citizenship and nationality in the first Polanski — Polish" — said Radoslaw Sikorski.
Slightly chilled emotions Prime Minister of Poland Donald Tusk, which stated that "the extradition case of Polanski should not do national-political tragedy, as it has quite a different character." In the spirit of Prime Minister spoke about the case of Polanski and other authoritative Poles, stating that the work of the director should be separated from his actions, for which you have to answer in the face of justice.
Meanwhile, on the refusal to extradite July 12 was also informed by the Polish Ambassador in Switzerland.
"This morning's decision was communicated to the lawyer of Mr. Polanski, and after the U.S., France and Poland," — said the Minister of Justice of Switzerland Eveline Widmer-Shlyumpf. According to her, the Swiss justice did not work out, Polanski is guilty or not. Crucial to the release of the director was, above all, the fact that the U.S. has not given Switzerland the interrogation of the witness in the case of Polanski, the director and the lawyer was able to convince the court that the document is of key importance.
The judicial authorities in Switzerland asked the U.S. side to add to the application for extradition search protocol, but the Americans refused to do it.
After it became known that Switzerland will not give Polanski United States, a decision welcomed by many colleagues, especially the director, including those who had previously acted in his defense. On the case of Polanski July 12 also spoke Polish Foreign Ministry.
"From the beginning, our consular services have been in contact with Mr. Polanski, who is also a citizen of Poland, not only in France. We have made every effort to help him.'s Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski called the Foreign Minister of the Swiss Confederation Michelin Carmen Rey and thanked for all that Switzerland has made in this regard, "- said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Grazyna Bernatowicz.