The Helvetian judicial authorities have offered the U.S. State Department an exchange deal in which Switzerland will extradite Roman Polanski if David Letterman were to be handed over to the Swiss Embassy in Washington for incarceration in Switzerland.
Details of the swap deal - and that the Americans' have agreed to it - has left the world's legal experts, traditionally verbose, speechless.
In the deal, which will be signed simultaneously in the Helvetian and U.S. capitals of Bern and Washington, and which will be witnessed by Swiss Guards flown specially from the Vatican where they normally guard popes (absolute integrity is essential) Mr. Polanski's legal right to contest extradition will be denied him. As for Mr. Letterman, despite that he has not committed any crime anywhere, he will be arrested and flown to Zurich to start serving the life sentence the Swiss had envisaged for Mr. Polanski.
But, Mr. Letterman will serve his sentence in a luxury 5-star Zurich hotel, so what is it all about?
Switzerland is seriously under-populated with little over 7 million Swiss and the state desperately needs over-active sexual males.
Mr. Letterman fits the bill.