Film-maker Polanski relieved after court rejects US extradition request in …

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Los Angeles prosecutor says Polanski case won’t be dropped.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles’ district attorney says a Polish court’s refusal to extradite director Roman Polanski is disappointing, but her office will continue to seek his return on a fugitive warrant. KRAKOW, Poland — A judge in Poland on Friday turned down a request by the United States for the extradition of the filmmaker Roman Polanski, who is wanted over a 1977 conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski and his lawyers have cited misconduct by a now-deceased judge and prosecutors as the reason the Oscar-winning director will not return to Los Angeles to end the case. Polanski would be an “obviously unlawful” deprivation of liberty and that California would be unlikely to provide humane living conditions for the filmmaker, who is 82. “I am very happy that the case is ending,” Mr. Polanski said at a news conference in Krakow after the ruling, the latest development in a 38-year trans-Atlantic legal controversy. “This has been a tremendous burden on me and my family.” Mr.

Polanski, a citizen of France and Poland, has been working on a film in Poland about Alfred Dreyfus, a French Army captain who was wrongly convicted of spying for Germany in 1894. The Swiss police were acting on a request from the US government, and Polanski was held in house arrest until 2010 when the Swiss government ultimately decided not to extradite him. Polanski’s lawyers. “I’m terrified by the statements of some of my colleagues in the U.S.,” he said, citing a report last year that a Los Angeles judge had planned to have Mr.

Mazur said it was clear Polanksi was guilty but argued that various restrictions placed on the director’s freedoms equated to a year-long jail term, more than his original plea deal agreed to. Bieniarz, the regional prosecutor, kept her argument brief. “In our opinion, there are no legal grounds to stop the extradition,” she told Judge Mazur. “The case has not expired under American law, and we do not think that the extradition is unlawful, on the basis of Polish law. There is no proof that Polanski will be treated inhumanely in the United States.” Shiara Dávila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, said in a statement, “Our position on this matter remains the same.” A spokeswoman from the Los Angeles County Superior Court declined to comment.

Polanski was convicted, Samantha Geimer, who revisited the legal proceedings in a 2013 memoir, wrote on her Facebook page on Friday: “If they were smart, they’d stop trying to bring him back.

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