Christine Spines
October 20, 2009 AT 11:56 PM EDT

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.

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