Jun 01, 2016

    Poland restarts extradition to US for Polanski


    POLAND yesterday relaunched a procedure to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing over a 1977 case of statutory rape.

    Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said he would appeal to the Supreme Court to overturn a previous decision that Polanski should not face extradition. "He is accused of a terrible crime against a child, the rape of a child," the minister told Polish public radio.

    A lawyer for the 82-year French-Polish director, Jerzy Stachowicz, said that the minister's announcement did not come as a surprise.

    "We were expecting this," he added.

    In October, a local court in the southern city of Krakow ruled that Polanski should not be sent to the US, a decision prosecutors agreed was "justified". It would have violated his rights, a judge said.

    The director is still wanted by the US for sentencing over the 1977 statutory rape of Samantha Geimer after a photo shoot in Los Angeles. She was 13 at the time. Polanski was 43.

    He pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, or statutory rape, avoiding a trial, but then fled the country fearing a hefty sentence.