Lawyers Enter Final Pleas in Polanski Extradition Case

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Extradition of Roman Polanski forbidden according to Polish court.

WARSAW, Poland — A court in Poland ruled Friday that the law forbids the extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S., where he pleaded guilty nearly four decades ago to having sex with a minor. But an appeal — if successful — could make an extradition likely, because the new Law and Justice party government to be installed in November has indicated there will be no leniency for Polanski, as it makes a point of applying laws strictly and equally to all. Polanski’s lawyers argued that the US request had legal flaws and said the film-maker had already served a prison term under a deal with a Los Angeles judge. Polanski’s movements are restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries, but he is avoiding extradition by remaining only in France, Poland and Switzerland. Lawyers have said they understood from a private conversation with the judge that the time in prison would be Polanski’s punishment, but they said the judge later suggested Polanski would go back to prison, at which point he fled to France.

US officials have regularly pressed for his extradition, to no avail, and tried to have him arrested when he travelled to Warsaw for the opening of a Jewish museum in October 2014. Polish prosecutors argued there were no legal grounds for the extradition to go ahead, despite a statute of limitations on child sex crimes under Polish law. Geimer wrote a book about her encounter with Polanski in 2013, in which she said she was made to drink champagne and was given a sleeping pill before being raped by Polanski in the house of actor Jack Nicholson.

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