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Roman Polanski might be open to extradition, attorney says

October 22, 2009 |  7:11 am

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Roman Polanski might be willing to return to the United States to resolve his sexual assault case if it could be done quickly, one of his attorneys said.

Georges Kiejman told Europe 1 radio that Polanski, 76, in not in the best health and wants to bring the case to a swift conclusion.

"Time for emotion has passed, and everyone will understand that it’s necessary to bring this affair to conclusion with just and balanced proportions," he said.

Polanski was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, and faces extradition to Los Angeles to face sentencing for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl three decades ago.

Polanski has been fighting extradition, but Swiss justice officials have twice rejected his requests for bail.

Kiejman told Europe that Polanski does not want the case to drag on.

"An extradition procedure could take months," he said. "It could lead towards extradition if the Swiss judiciary doesn't hold with the arguments put before it. If that procedure drags on forever, it's possible Roman Polanski will finally choose to go to explain himself in the United States ... where arguments in his favor exist." 

It remains unclear whether Kiejman's comments suggest a change in strategy for the famed director. Another one of his attorneys said Polanski remains committed to fight extradition.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Director Roman Polanski. Credit: Los Angeles Times archives.

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