The views on the law of extradition expressed by Swiss criminal lawyers coincide with the accepted law in Canada, namely, that a country seized with an extradition request does not normally examine the validity of the charges under the laws of the country requesting extradition. Since extradition between countries is only possible by virtue of a treaty, it is assumed by the courts that treaties are concluded only with countries whose legal systems comply with the standards of the country agreeing to extradite. It is extraordinary for the Swiss judiciary to conclude Polanski would not be fairly treated by the American legal system and criminal lawyers cannot be blamed for speculating that the result would have been different had it not been for Polanski’s celebrity status.
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