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US sends Poland extradition request for Roman Polanski

US sends Poland extradition request for Roman Polanski

Request follows continued attempts to bring film director back to face sentencing over child sex charges, with Poland previously not ruling out the possibility of a successful extradition.

The Polish prosecutor-general’s office, responsible for overseeing law enforcement in the country, has received a request from the United States to extradite Roman Polanski.

It marks another attempt by the US to bring Polanski back to the country he fled from in 1978. The film director faced a jail term after he pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with Samantha Gailey (now Geimer), then aged 13. His plea was part of a bargain that saw other more serious charges, including rape, dropped. Polanski absconded before the sentencing, however, and has lived in France ever since.

Poland is receiving the request because Polanski has been visiting Krakow, preparing for his film An Officer and a Spy. The US made an initial attempt in October last year, by filing an arrest warrant when Polanski travelled to Warsaw. The director was brought in for questioning by the Polish authorities but was not arrested.

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