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Poland to question Polanski following U.S. extradition request

Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 01:04

Polish prosecutors are set to question Roman Polanski following an official request by the U.S. for the extradition of the film director. Holly Rubenstein reports.

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Polish prosecutors are planning to question the filmmaker Roman Polanski. The prosecutor-general's office said that they received a request for his extradition to the United States over a 1977 child sex crime conviction. Jerzy Stachowicz, a lawyer for the director told Reuters... SOUNDBITE Lawyer for Polanski, Jerzy Stachowicz, saying (Polish): "We confirm that the American side made an official request for the extradition of Mr. Roman Polański. Currently this request is on its way to the prosecutor's office in Krakow. We do not know the content of the application so we cannot comment on the merits." The filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sex with a minor. He served 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain but fled the US the following year, believing the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and put him in jail for years. Polanski, who was born to Polish parents but lives in France, has been spending time in the southern Polish city of Krakow, where he is planning to shoot a film.

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Poland to question Polanski following U.S. extradition request

Thursday, January 08, 2015 - 01:04