Roman Polanski ‘very happy’ with Polish court ruling

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Polanski slides free of extradition for now, but US can appeal against Polish court.

A Polish court on Friday rejected a US request to extradite film-maker Roman Polanski over a 1977 child sex conviction, saying his extradition was inadmissible because the US judiciary had repeatedly violated his rights.Polish law forbids the extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States, where he pleaded guilty nearly four decades ago to having sex with a minor, a judge ruled Friday. 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. “I find no rational answer to the question: what is the real point of the U.S. extradition request?”said Mazur, who spent more than two hours explaining his reasoning to the court in Krakow.

Polanski’s Hollywood haunting doesn’t go away, and victim Samantha Geimer has in her adult life gone on record as saying she regrets it took him so long to admit to what he did. Mazur insisted that Polanski served his punishment in confinement in the U.S., and later for 10 months — partly under house arrest — in Switzerland in 2009-2010 when the U.S. unsuccessfully sought his extradition there.

Mazur said U.S. judges and prosecutors in the case violated legal procedures, broke the plea bargain in 1977, denied Polanski the right to proper defense and appeared biased. But he said the time the Polish-born director had his freedoms restricted in various proceedings amounted to about a year-long jail term, way more than had been agreed under the first plea bargain. Polanski’s US-based lawyer Chad Hummel on Friday declined to comment on the Polish decision and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, which has long sought to bring the film maker to justice, could not immediately be reached.

Geimer, now in her 50s and living in Hawaii, said in a series of posts on her Facebook page ahead of the Polish ruling that Los Angeles prosecutors should abandon their efforts. “The message is they will use a teenage rape victim until their dying breath to get some PR, and justice is NOT something they seek for victims If they were smart, they’d stop trying to bring him back,” she wrote.

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