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Roman Polanski to Appear in Court as Poland Considers Extradition Request

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In this January 15, 2015 photo Polish film director Roman Polanski attends a press conference in Krakow, Poland. (Stanislaw Rozpedzig/EPA/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 02:21 PM

Roman Polanski’s attorney said the filmmaker will appear Feb. 25 before a court in Krakow, Poland, that will consider a U.S. extradition request related to a 1977 child sex crime conviction.

Polanski has been a fugitive after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photoshoot in Los Angeles in 1977. He fled the United States after serving 42 days in jail as part of a 90-day plea bargain. He was arrested in Switzerland in 2009, placed under house arrest, and freed in 2010.

The 81-year-old Academy Award winner lives in France and plans to film a movie about a French spy scandal in Poland this year.

The Polish justice minister will have the final say, if the court approves the extradition, Reuters reported.

Some consider extradition unlikely. Polanski is revered as one of the Poland’s greatest artists. Polish prosecutors refused a request to arrest him in October, but see no legal barriers to extradition, the BBC reported.

Polanski won an Oscar for best director for "The Pianist" in 2002. His wife, Sharon Tate, was a murder victim of the Charles Manson gang in 1969.

A court in California has refused to dismiss the case against Polanski despite failure to win extradition, evidence that suggests misconduct by prosecutors and the victim’s declaration that she has some sympathy for him, The Associated Press said.

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