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Polanski questioned amid US request

Film-maker Roman Polanski has been questioned by a Polish prosecutor concerning a US request for his extradition on 1977 sex charges, an official said.

The prosecutor questioned the director late yesterday and is writing a report for the court that will decide whether to extradite Polanski, according to Boguslawa Marcinkowska, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office in Krakow, southern Poland.

She refused to divulge any details of the questioning.

The Oscar-winning film-maker has Polish and French passports.

Last year, Krakow prosecutors refused a US request to arrest Polanski, 81, but obliged him to be available on summons. The extradition request came this year.

The prosecutor may either give reasons why the extradition is not possible or may say that it can be carried out, Ms Marcinkowska said.

Polanski is in Poland preparing for a movie he wants to film in July.

His movements are restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries but he is avoiding extradition by travelling only between France, Poland and Switzerland, which in 2010 refused to extradite him.

He said he believes he will not be extradited.

Polanski pleaded guilty in the US in 1977 to a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse and was sentenced to prison for a 90-day psychiatric evaluation. He was released after 42 days and, fearing the judge would force him to serve the remainder of the sentence, he fled the country.

Poland generally does not allow extradition of its citizens but has an extradition agreement with the US.

Court's approval of the extradition can be reversed by the justice minister, while court's refusal is final.


From Belfast Telegraph