Roman Polanski: Polish court rejects USA request for his extradition

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By Ann Tyller | January 2, 2016 11:56 am

A Polish appellate court has rejected request of USA Authorities to extradite film director Roman Polanski to face a trial in US for sexual intercourse with teenage girl. 

Polish judge said the request to extradite Polanski was “unreasonable”.

Roman Polanski, who admitted to have sex with a minor – by US law statutory rape, but fled USA in 1978 before being sentenced to jail.

Mr. Polanski who has French and Polish citizenship, lives in France – which does not extradite its own citizens – but has been working in Poland for some time on a film project.

In 2010 Swiss authorities turned down a US extradition request for Mr. Polanski, placing him under house arrest for nine months.

Roman Polanski’s lawyers had argued against his extradition, claiming legal flaws in US extradition laws.

Polanski grew up in Poland and regarded as one of the country’s greatest living film directors.

During WW II when he was still teenager he survived Krakow Jewish ghetto.

After court ruling against his extradition, Mr. Polanski said that he was very happy and relieved but tired… it cost me a lot of energy and a lot of time,” he told reporters in Krakow

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