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Polanski offers larger cash deposit to Swiss in bail deal

November 2, 2009 |  7:21 am

Polanski  An attorney for Roman Polanski has offered Swiss justice officials a "very, very significant" amount of cash as a higher deposit in a proposed bail deal for the director, but the government has rejected the offer, news reports said.

It marks the third time the Swiss have rejected Polanski's attempts at bail.

Polanski was arrested in Zurich and faces extradition to the United States for sentencing in a sexual-assault case involving a 13-year-old girl. Polanski fled to Europe just before sentencing in that case more than 30 years ago.

Herve Temime, a lawyer for Polanski, told reporters that he felt the new cash offer -- he would not reveal the exact sum -- should be adequate to convince Swiss officials that the 76-year-old director would not flee. But Bloomberg News quoted Swiss justice official Folco Galli as rejecting the latest offer, saying the "risk of flight remains high."

-- Shelby Grad

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

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