Are the Swiss accepting a 4.5 mil ransom?

for a bail they know will be forfeited? http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/11/25/switzerland.polanski.bail/index.html The court demanded cash instead, and this time looked favorably on Polanski's offer of a bank guarantee and the threat of sacrificing his family's home if he fled... show more for a bail they know will be forfeited?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/1...


The court demanded cash instead, and this time looked favorably on Polanski's offer of a bank guarantee and the threat of sacrificing his family's home if he fled justice.

"Cash is king," said Peter Cosandey, a former Zurich prosecutor. Still, he said he could "hardly remember a case where bail is granted to someone who isn't even a full-time Swiss resident."

So the Swiss Court System is guaranteed 4.5 mil if he AGAIN breaks a court ordered agreement.

He skipped bail in 1997.

Polanski agreed to pay his sexual assault victim $500,000. Polanski still owed the money -- plus another $100,000 in interest -- 3 years after the 1993 settlement, according to the documents. It's not clear if Polanski ever completed paying the debt to the woman, although the court papers document efforts by her lawyers to garnish residuals and other payments owed to Polanski by the Screen Actors Guild, movie studios and other Hollywood businesses.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/1...

"Last month, the Swiss Criminal Court refused Polanski's request to be released on bail and said the director posed a high flight risk, according to court documents.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091125/ap_o...

The Swiss Criminal Court said measures such as revoking Polanski's travel documents and requiring him to report daily to the police would not reduce the possibility that the director would flee."

But the same court system now says "The 76-year-old appellant is married and the father of two minors," the court said as it considered Polanski's offer of a cash bail secured by his apartment in Paris. "It can be assumed that as a responsible father he will, especially in view of his advanced age, attach greater importance to the financial security of his family than a younger person."

The court said Polanski would be subjected to "constant electronic surveillance" at his chalet and an alarm would be activated if he leaves the premises or takes off the bracelet, adding that the filmmaker was still viewed as a high flight risk.

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Now watch this coward do a "Brer Rabbit" act! .....

Any betts the scum bag legs it?

This puts Switzerland in the same category as professional kidnappers. Nice ransom though - $4.5 million.

Don't imagine it will take Polanski long to get his perverted buns back to France, which doesn't extradite citizens. To he11 with $4.49-million bail when you're looking at 50-years in a So Cal slammer with a cellmate named Bubba.

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