Polish Court Rejects US Request to Extradite Roman Polanski

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Lawyer for Roman Polanski victim praises extradition refusal.

A Polish court on Friday rejected a U.S. request to extradite acclaimed filmmaker Roman Polanski over a child sex-crime conviction, according to reports. Polanski — who did not appear in court for the ruling — expressed relief over the judge’s decision and told reporters in Krakow he was “glad” he had trusted Poland’s justice system. “I can breathe now with relief,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “I pleaded guilty. LOS ANGELES – An attorney for a woman who was sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski when she was 13 praised the refusal Friday of a Polish judge to send the Oscar-winning director to Los Angeles for sentencing. “I sent a letter of congratulations to Mr.

Polanski’s lawyers in Poland for being able to demonstrate to the judicial system of Poland that this case, which is 38 years old, should be ended,” Silver said, noting the decision marked the second time a foreign government has refused to return Polanski since 2010. “Both the judicial systems of Poland and Switzerland are able to do what the judicial system of the United States seems unable to do, and that is put the matter behind us,” Silver said. The case is closed.” The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, which has long sought Polanski’s extradition, said in an emailed statement that its “position remains the same” following the ruling. Lawyers for Polanski have said the director fled to France after a now-deceased Los Angeles judge reneged on a promise that Polanski’s 42 days undergoing a diagnostic study in a California prison would serve as his sentence. Polanski was accused of plying his then-13-year-old victim with champagne and drugs at an L.A. photoshoot, taking topless photos and having sex with her.

However, the Oscar-winner fled the U.S. for Europe on the eve of his formal sentencing out of fear a judge would overrule the initial deal and send him back to prison. The 82-year-old director, who won Academy Awards for the 2002 film “The Pianist” and was nominated for 1974’s “Chinatown” and 1979’s “Tess,” did not attend the court hearing.

The Holocaust survivor garnered fame for his films but also for personal tragedy: his first wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969. Polanski’s victim, Samantha Geimer, suggested in a series of Facebook posts before the ruling that U.S. officials were pursuing the case to “cover up their own misconduct” and using “a teenage rape victim until their dying breath” to get press.

The judge in Krakow on Friday called the case complicated but said extradition would violate Polanski’s rights because the director could face harsh conditions and confinement. Mazur also said U.S. judges and prosecutors in the case violated legal procedures, broke the plea bargain in 1977, denied Polanski the right to proper defense and appeared biased.

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