Published: Jul 13, 2010
District Attorney Upset About Swiss Roman Polanski Decision
by Staff

The Los Angeles District Attorney has expressed his "surprise and disappointment" at news Swiss authorities have decided not to extradite moviemaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. to face sentencing for a 30-year-old child sex charge.

The Rosemary's Baby director has been under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland since Christmas (09) after he was arrested in Zurich last September (09) and jailed.

U.S. authorities demanded the filmmaker be returned to America to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl at a Hollywood party in 1977. He pleaded guilty to the offense but fled to Europe in 1978 on the eve of his sentencing.

But Swiss officials announced on Monday (12Jul10) that the extradition has now been turned down - because they cannot rule out the possibility that there is a "fault" in the request. Polanski has now been released from house arrest.

The decision has stunned Los Angeles D.A. Steve Cooley, who led the effort to extradite Polanski.

He tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "Mr. Polanski is still convicted of serious child sex charges."

According to reports, the fault that prompted Swiss authorities to drop the extradition request stemmed from the failure of U.S. authorities to turn over certain documents with regard to the case. (c) WENN

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