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Snag in $4.5-million bail means Polanski remains in jail until at least Friday

December 1, 2009 |  7:04 am

Roman Polanski won't be released from a Swiss prison until at least Friday, with officials saying they have not been wired his $4.5-million bail.

Polanski was expected to move to his Alpine chalet -- where he will be under house arrest -- last week, but there has been a series of snags. Swiss justice officials told reporters today that more time was needed to secure the bail and to finish the electronic monitoring system that will track Polanski's moves in the chalet.

The media have converged on the chalet awaiting Polanski's release.

Shoveling snow at Polanski chalet

If the film director 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 the media 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 was 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 shovels snow at the chalet entrance of film director Roman Polanski in Gstaad, Switzerland. Credit: Michel Euler / Associated Press

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