Polish court to decide on Polanski's extradition on October 30

Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:35am EDT
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By Wojciech Zurawski

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - A Polish court said on Tuesday it would rule on a U.S. request to extradite Roman Polanski over a 1977 child sex conviction at a sitting on October 30.

The United States requested Polanski's extradition from Poland after he made a high-profile appearance in Warsaw in 2014. The filmmaker, who has Polish and French nationality, lives in Paris but he also has an apartment in Krakow, southern Poland.

Polanski, now 82, hopes to make a movie in his homeland, something that would be jeopardized if the extradition request is granted.

The Oscar-winner pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photoshoot in Los Angeles. As a part of a plea bargain Polanski served 42 days in jail.

He fled the United States the following year, believing the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and put him in jail for years.

In 2009, Polanski was arrested in Zurich on a U.S. warrant and placed under house arrest. He was freed in 2010 after Swiss authorities decided not to extradite him.

"It is the court's intention to make a decision on Roman Polanski's potential extradition at the next sitting," said Judge Dariusz Mazur at the district court in Krakow.

If the court rules in favor of the extradition, the case will be passed to the justice minister for a final decision.   Continued...

Filmmaker Roman Polanski talks to the media after a court hearing in Krakow February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel