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Polanski moved from prison to undisclosed location for 'security reasons'

December 3, 2009 |  8:36 am

Polanski2004epacaetanobarreira Roman Polanski has been moved from a Swiss jail to an undisclosed location in apparent anticipation of his release Friday on $4.5-million bail.

A spokesman for the Justice Ministry told the Associated Press that the famed director was moved for "security reasons and personal protection," but would not elaborate or say where the director was staying.

Officials have said Polanski will be released to his Alpine chalet on Friday at 1 p.m. local time. Arrangements for an electronic security system to monitor Polanski's movements were completed Tuesday, according to Swiss news reports.

Police in Gstaad said they might block traffic and restrict access into Polanski's neighborhood if the news media proved disruptive. 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 was a flight risk.

Under the terms of the bail, Polanski, 76, will 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

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

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