Senin, 12 Juli 2010

Roman Polanski Avoids Extradition to U.S.

thehollywoodgossip - Roman Polanski is a free man! Well, he has been for 30 years-plus now, despite facing a prison term in the United States for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Oscar-winning director will remain free, though, thanks to Switzerland's Federal Department of Justice cited a recent flaw in the U.S. extradition request.

The Swiss argue that Roman Polanski, who maintains a home in Switzerland, could reliably expect not to be arrested and deported to face sentencing in America.

Basically, since the U.S. knew of his frequent presence there over the last few years but never acted on it, the government is refusing to send him packing.

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Roman Polanski remains free and in Europe.

Polanski, who was recently apprehended and also accused of sexually abusing Charlotte Lewis, has already been released from house arrest, authorities said.

The announcement was a dramatic development in a case that has lasted more than 30 years and appeared to be drawing to a conclusion earlier this year.

In 1978, Polanski, now a French citizen, fled the U.S. for the confines of Europe hours before he was to be sentenced for having unlawful sex with a minor.

He has not set foot in the U.S. since.