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Roman Polanski Questioned and Released in Poland; Still Wanted in US

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By    |   Monday, 03 Nov 2014 02:53 PM

Polish authorities questioned and released Roman Polanski last week as the U.S. seeks to extradite him more than 35 years after the famed film director pleaded guilty to having sex with an underaged girl.

The authorities told CNN that they didn’t see the need to hold Polanski, who is a citizen of both France and Poland, in custody while the U.S. seeks to have him returned to face 1977 charges that he had sex with then-13-year-old Samantha Geimer. Polanski admitted to doing so but fled to Europe before he could face sentencing.

CNN said U.S. authorities requested that Poland arrest the film director, who was in Krakow because he wants to film a movie there next spring.

"[The matter] was not sent to the court that could impose a temporary arrest because the prosecution did not find basis for that," Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski's attorneys, told CNN affiliate TVN24.

The Associated Press reported that Polanski, a Holocaust survivor, was in Poland for the opening of a museum about Jewish life in Poland. A Polish adviser to the country’s president told the AP that U.S. authorities acted in "absolute ignorance" when they tried to have Polanski arrested while he was there for the museum opening.

Although Poland is a U.S. ally, the country’s officials and "political class" have said they don’t want Polanski, 81, arrested.

CNN said Geimer has publicly forgiven Polanski and has asked that the charges against him be dropped.

The Independent columnist Alice Jones wrote Friday that it’s time to quit allowing Polanski to evade the charges.

"That Polanski made some of the great films of the last century is in no doubt. That he committed a crime, for which he served only 42 days before fleeing the U.S., is also in no doubt," Jones wrote. "That he is still permitted to work, and is frequently feted by, a billion-dollar film industry is a baffling disgrace."

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Polish authorities questioned and released Roman Polanski last week as the U.S. seeks to extradite him more than 35 years after the famed film director pleaded guilty to having sex with an underaged girl.
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