Poland will not extradite Roman Polanski to the US

Nov 29, 2015 1:12 PM by News Staff

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland will not extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. in an almost 40-year-old case after prosecutors declined to challenge a court ruling against the extradition request.

A lawyer for Polanski told The Associated Press that Polanski's reaction was of "great relief" and "satisfaction" that the irregularities in the U.S. procedure have been exposed.

The decision by the prosecutors closes the case in Poland and means Polanski is free to reside and work in Poland, where he grew up and studied filmmaking, and where he is preparing to make a new movie. Preparations for the movie were stalled by the arrest and extradition requests that the U.S. made last year.

Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles. In a deal with the judge, he served 42 days in prison, but then fled the U.S. fearing the judge would have him imprisoned again for much longer.

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