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Polanski remains in prison as Swiss officials await conditions of bail to be met

November 30, 2009 |  7:23 am
Roman Polanski chalet

Roman Polanski remained in a Swiss prison this morning, with officials sayng the terms of his $4.5 million remain unmet.

Officials would not elborate, but reporters outside Polanski's Alpine chalet -- where he will go to live under house arrest -- said workers were plowing snow from the area.

"If the conditions were met, he would be in Gstaad," a Swiss Justice spokesman told the Associated Press

Shoveling snow at Polanski chalet

If Roman Polanski is released on bail,  he will have much more freedom than he did at his Zurich-area jail cell.

A Swiss justice officials was quoted by AFP and Swiss news media as saying Polanski would be allowed to make unlimited phone calls and have full access to e-mail and the Internet. Although he cannot leave his house, he can invite friends over and throw parties at the tony chalet in the ski resort of Gstaad.

"He will have no prison regime," Justice Ministry spokesman Falco Galli told AFP. "He is completely free to determine his daily schedule. It's also up to him to get in food and other supplies."

Police in Gstaad said they might block traffic and restrict access into Polanski's neighborhood if reporters proved disruptive.

A Swiss court ruled last week that Polanski can be set free on $4.5-million bail.

A court will eventually rule whether Polanski should be extradited to Los Angeles to face sentencing for having illegal sex with a 13-year-old more than three decades ago. Swiss justice officials repeatedly had denied his bail requests, saying he is a flight risk.

Under the terms of the bail, Polanski, 76, will be electronically monitored and have his phone calls monitored as well. Gstaad, a village of 2,500 with mountain views, has long been known as a celebrity hangout, having been home to Elizabeth Taylor, Roger Moore and David Niven, among others.

-- Shelby Grad

Photos: A man showel snow at the chalet entrance of film director Roman Polanski, in Gstaad, Switzerland, Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. Polanski is expected to trade the confines of a Swiss jail this week for house arrest in a luxury chalet with a view of the Alps, where he will await a Swiss decision whether to extradite him to the United States. Credit: Michel Euler / Associated Press.

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