Film director Roman Polanski has been on house arrest since December 2009 while waiting for the decision of his case wherein he was convicted for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. US has requested the Swiss government to extradite Polanski to face his charges. However, authorities in Switzerland have decided not to extradite him.
According to Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, the “restrictions on his liberty have been lifted” making Polanski now a free man. Swiss said US authorities failed to provide confidential testimony about Polanski’s original sentencing procedure. US government cannot appeal to this decision but he remains to be a fugitive in USA.
A statement said: “The 76-year-old French-Polish film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the US.” Polanski was taken into custody in Switzerland September of last year as he travelled from France to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival. “The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked. The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a fault in the US extraditionary request.”