Why The Swiss Freed Polanski

Johann Hari writes: ‘[The Swiss government] have found a legalistic loophole that enables them to let [Roman Polanski] go – while admitting “national interests” may be a factor. This may be a reference to pressure from neighbouring France to free their citizen. As a Swiss citizen, I think I can say without being offensive, we all remember the bargains Swiss governments have made in the past to preserve their “national interests”. This is in a long tradition of helping criminals and calling it Swiss hard-headedness.’

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