U.S. asks Switzerland to extradite Polanski

The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite film director Roman Polanski.

U.S. asks Switzerland to extradite Polanski
The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite film director Roman Polanski after he fled sentencing for child sex offence charges with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, the Swiss Justice Department said on Friday.

"The U.S. extradition request is based on a warrant issued by the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles on 1 February 1978, on which date Polanski had failed to appear before the judge as was required by his bail conditions," the department said in a statement.

The 76-year-old Oscar-winning director, who holds dual French and Polish citizenship, was arrested at the request of the United States when he flew into Switzerland on Sept. 26 to receive a lifetime achievement prize at a film festival.


Reuters
Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2009, 13:01
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