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Roman Polanski extradition decision to come soon, Swiss official says

July 4, 2010 |  9:13 am


The Swiss government is moving closer to a decision about whether to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski back to Los Angeles to face sentencing on his conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.

A Swiss justice ministry official told the SonntagsZeitung newspaper that colleagues were close to making a decision but would not say when it would occur. The officials said Polanski would be able to appeal that decision.

Polanski, 76, was arrested in Switzerland last year on a warrant from the L.A. district attorney's office and has since been living under house arrest at his posh Alpine chalet. He is fighting extradition, and his attorneys have suggested that he could be sentenced in Switzerland rather than in L.A. Prosecutors say the filmmaker faces up to two years in state prison.

Swiss officials have said they were waiting for Polanski to exhaust his legal appeals in Los Angeles before making a decision on extradition.

In his first public statement, Polanski said in May that his possible extradition to the United States was an attempt by authorities "to serve me on a platter to the media of the world."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Roman Polanski. Credit: Los Angeles Times