Polish prosecutor’s office decides court decision not to extradite Polanski to U.S. correct.
KRAKOW, POLAND (NOVEMBER 27, 2015) (TVN24) – A Polish court’s decision to deny the extradition of film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction became legally binding on Friday (November 27) after an appellate prosecutor’s office said it found no justification to appeal it.
The case of the Oscar-winning director, now 82, who holds Polish and French citizenship, has been an international cause celebre nearly four decades after the crime, with some demanding harsh punishment and others urging the case be let go.
“The Prosecutor’s Office came to the conclusion that it cannot successfully challenge this ruling,” prosecutor, Janusz Hnatko, said, adding that his office had analysed all documentation related to the case.
This means Poland’s decision not to extradite Polanski has become legally binding and cannot be appealed again.
“We can say that surely Mr. Roman [Polanski] feels satisfied that finally an independent judicial authority has recognised and revealed to the public all the arguments about irregularities [in the case], because the Americans have eagerly tried to sweep them under the rug,” one of Polanski’s lawyers, Jan Olszewski, said.
The United States had requested Polanski’s extradition from Poland after he made a high-profile appearance in Warsaw in 2014. The filmmaker lives in Paris but he also has an apartment in Krakow, southern Poland.
Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles.
The film director served 42 days in jail after a plea bargain. He fled the United States the following year to Britain and then to France, believing the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and put him in jail for years.
Samantha Geimer, the victim in the case, has long made clear she believes Polanski’s long exile has been punishment enough.