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Swiss reject Roman Polanski's third request for bail

October 30, 2009 |  8:38 am

For the third time, Swiss justice officials have denied Roman Polanski's request to be released on bail.

The famed director was arrested last month and faces extradition back to Los Angeles to be sentenced for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl more than 30 years ago.

Polanski, 76, said he will fight extradition, and his attorneys have been trying to get him out of a Zurich jail until Swiss officials decide on the U.S. request.

But the Swiss government has declared him a "high risk" for flight, in part because he fled the U.S. just before sentencing.

Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli told the Associated Press that Polanski made his latest request this week and that it was rejected.

Swiss officials have said that if Polanski is returned to L.A., he'd face as many as two years in prison.

-- Shelby Grad

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