The AP has obtained documents confirming that the Swiss Federal Office of Justice sent a fax on September 22 alerting the US Office of International Affairs that Polanski was due to travel to Zurich to attend a film festival tribute to his work. The Swiss correspondence inquired as to whether US authorities would be submitting a request for Polanski’s arrest. This revelation has surprised many familiar with the case, since Polanski owns a Chalet in Switzerland and has traveled there many times without incident. Since his arrest, the Swiss have denied Polanski’s requests for house arrest and to be released on bail.
Posted October 20 2009 — 7:56 PM EDT
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