The Polish government isn’t letting Roman Polanski off the hook that easily!
Back in the ’70s, the Oscar winning filmmaker fled to Europe after pleading guilty to U.S. charges for sleeping with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
But it looks like the Chinatown director will have to face a fresh extradition to the U.S. — because on Tuesday, Polish officials announced they would appeal a court decision not to force the 82-year-old to face U.S. courts.
According to reports, justice minister and prosecutor general Zbigniew Ziobro said his decision was because Polanski was “accused of and wanted for… a rape of a child.”
As for the initial trial, Ziobro called the decision a “serious breach” of the extradition agreement between the U.S. and Poland, saying the judge had “assessed the gathered evidence in a biased and selective way.”
Adding that the statute of limitations for prosecuting Polanski in the states did not expire just yet, Ziobro said the decision’s appeal should prove that no one is above the law because of their social status.
Jan Olszewski, Polanski’s lawyer, told Polish press that the appeal was “anticipated” — and noted that the court wasn’t so much concerned whether Polanski was guilty, but more so with whether he can be extradited.
Polanski currently lives in France, where he is safe from extradition, but U.S. authorities launched extradition proceedings after Polanski appeared in Krakow in 2014 to announce plans to make a film there.
It looks like the director will have to face U.S. courts eventually — but we have no idea how this will play out when that day finally comes.
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