Documents show Swiss sought Polanski info

U.S. refusal to share transcripts key reason for his release

The Swiss government says it was rebuffed by the U.S. Justice Department when it asked for sealed transcripts in the Roman Polanski extradition case, according to newly obtained documents.

A letter from Swiss officials to the American Embassy at Bern said the key reason for the Swiss decision denying Polanski's extradition to the United States was the refusal to show them the transcripts of testimony by Polanski's original prosecutor regarding the director's sex case 33 years ago. The letter was obtained by the Associated Press on Wednesday night.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said they were never notified of the Swiss request. Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney said Wednesday night that she would look into the matter.
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