Swiss reject U.S. extradition request on Polanski

Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:09am EDT
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ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has decided not to extradite Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

"The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a fault in the U.S. extraditionary request," the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement Monday.

(Reporting by Jason Rhodes)