Filmmaker Roman Polanski reacts to the decision by a Polish court to reject a request from the United States to extradite him over a 1977 child sex conviction. Rough Cut
(Reuters) – Film-maker Roman Polanski said he was “relieved but tired” after a Polish court on Friday (October 30) rejected a request from the United States to extradite him over a 1977 child sex conviction, saying his extradition was inadmissible because the U.S. judiciary had repeatedly violated his rights.
The case of the Oscar-winning director, now 82, who holds Polish and French citizenship, remains an international cause celebre nearly four decades after the crime, with some demanding harsh punishment and others urging U.S. officials to let the case go.
The decision is not legally binding, as prosecutors can now appeal the ruling. Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles. He served 42 days in jail after a plea bargain. However, the following year, he fled the United States for fear that the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and order him jailed for years.