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Polanski free, Swiss reject U.S. extradition request

5 years ago July 12, 2010 Jul 12, 2010 Monday, July 12 2010 Monday, July 12, 2010 12:25:13 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

Although Swiss authorities say he's a free man -- and that he can leave the home where he's been under house arrest since December -- Roman Polanski remains a fugitive in the United States.

The Swiss decided today not to honor an extradition request from the U.S., where Polanski faced jail time for having sex with a 13-year-old girl before fleeing the country three decades ago.

There's no word from prosecutors in Los Angeles and Washington on their next steps.

They can't appeal the Swiss decision.

It's been praised by senior government officials in France and Poland, where he holds dual citizenship.

But there was criticism from groups representing victims of sexual abuse.

The move came as a surprise.

Polanski had suffered a series of legal setbacks this year in California courts, and Switzerland only
rejects about 5 percent of the 200 extradition requests it handles annually.

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