Polish court rejects a U.S. extradition request in the director’s case. Alicia Powell reports.
Polanski stays put
A Polish court has rejected a U.S. request to extradite film-maker Roman Polanski over a 1977 child sex conviction, saying his extradition was “inadmissible”.
However, the decision is not legally binding, as prosecutors can now appeal the ruling.
Should the court make a legally binding decision to grant the U.S. request, it will be up to the justice minister to decide on the fate of the Polanski.
SOUNDBITE: Judge Dariusz Mazur, saying (Polish)
“[The court] rules, first of all, to certify the inadmissibility of handing over to the American side the Polish and French citizen Roman Polanski.”
The judge also cited the Los Angeles appeals court decision that the case could be “investigated on U.S. territory without the presence of the fugitive.”
The Oscar-winning director pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles and served 42 days in jail after a plea bargain.
He fled the United States the following year to Britain and then to France, believing the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and put him in jail for years.
The filmmaker, who has Polish and French nationality, lives in Paris but he also has an apartment in Krakow, southern Poland.
The United States requested Polanski’s extradition from Poland after he made a high-profile appearance in Warsaw in 2014.