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Poland says still awaits U.S. legal help in Polanski extradition case
August 12, 2015 / 8:28 AM / 2 years ago

Poland says still awaits U.S. legal help in Polanski extradition case

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - A Polish court which is to rule on film-maker Roman Polanski’s extradition to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction said on Wednesday it had not received requested legal help from the United States before a deadline expired.

Filmmaker Roman Polanski talks to the media after a court hearing in Krakow February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files

This may prove a potential stumbling block in the legal case. At a sitting in May, the court said it had requested further information from the U.S. authorities by Aug. 8, and adjourned the case until mid-September.

The court has now extended the deadline by the time it may take for the document to be delivered by post, Judge Waldemar Zurek at the district court in the southern city of Krakow told Reuters.

Under Polish law, if the court rules in favour of the extradition, the case will then be passed on to the justice minister, who will make the final decision.

The Oscar-winning film-maker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photoshoot in Los Angeles fuelled by champagne and drugs.

Polanski served 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain. He fled the United States the following year, believing the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and put him in jail for years.

In 2009, Polanski was arrested in Zurich on a U.S. warrant and placed under house arrest. He was freed in 2010 after Swiss authorities decided not to extradite him.

Reporting by Wojciech Zurawski, Writing by Wiktor Szary, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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