Polish Court Turns Down US Request for Roman Polanski’s Extradition

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Polish Court Rejects U.S. Request to Extradite Roman Polanski.

A Polish court on Friday rejected a U.S. request to extradite acclaimed filmmaker Roman Polanski over a child sex-crime conviction, according to reports.

The ruling could close the latest chapter in a decades-long extradition saga around the 1977 crime — though prosecutors could still appeal, Reuters reported. 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 would be no leniency for Polanski, as it makes a point of applying laws strictly and equally to all. Judge Dariusz Mazur said the case is very complicated but an extradition procedure would violate the human rights of the 83-year-old Polanski because he could be subjected to confinement Polanski’s attorneys argued Friday that the U.S. request has legal flaws and said the filmmaker already served a prison term under a deal with a Los Angeles judge. However, the Academy Award winner fled the U.S. for Europe on the eve of his formal sentencing out of fear a judge would overrule the initial deal and send him back to prison.

The 82-year-old director, who won Oscars for the 2002 film “The Pianist” and was nominated for 1974’s “Chinatown” and 1979’s “Tess,” did not attend the court hearing. The Holocaust survivor garnered fame for his films but also for personal tragedy: his first wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969.

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