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Poland: Court rules against extradition of Roman Polanski to US02:31

Poland: Court rules against extradition of Roman Polanski to US

Poland, Krakow
October 30, 2015 at 18:22 GMT -00:00 · Published

A Polish court in Krakow ruled on Friday against extraditing filmmaker Roman Polanski to the US to face charges over a 1977 case of alleged unlawful sex with a minor.

Polanski did not appear in the court but told reporters during a press conference "I am very happy that this case is over. It cost me a lot of effort, a lot of health, a lot of trouble. It cost my family even more."

Polanski has divided his time between France and Poland over the last five years, after a US bid for the director to be deported from Switzerland failed.

Polanski was initially charged in 1977 with five offenses including rape by use of drugs, sodomy, and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child, but under a plea bargain deal all charges were dismissed and Polanski pleaded guilty only to the lesser charge of "engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor" before he fled the USA for Europe.

Poland: Court rules against extradition of Roman Polanski to US02:31
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A Polish court in Krakow ruled on Friday against extraditing filmmaker Roman Polanski to the US to face charges over a 1977 case of alleged unlawful sex with a minor.

Polanski did not appear in the court but told reporters during a press conference "I am very happy that this case is over. It cost me a lot of effort, a lot of health, a lot of trouble. It cost my family even more."

Polanski has divided his time between France and Poland over the last five years, after a US bid for the director to be deported from Switzerland failed.

Polanski was initially charged in 1977 with five offenses including rape by use of drugs, sodomy, and lewd and lascivious acts upon a child, but under a plea bargain deal all charges were dismissed and Polanski pleaded guilty only to the lesser charge of "engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor" before he fled the USA for Europe.

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