The house arrest of Roman Polanski has been lifted as Federal Councilor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf announced this afternoon that Switzerland will not extradite the 76-year-old filmmaker to the United States. Polanski has reportedly now left his chalet in Gstaad. WRS’s Alex Helmick talks to our reporter Jordan Davis, who’s in Bern with an update on the decision:
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AT A GLANCE
In a statement released with today’s announcement, the Justice Ministry said it had denied the request because it is “not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a fault in the U.S. extradition request.” In particular, U.S. authorities refused to provide details of the case records requested by Switzerland.
Polanski was taken into custody on September 26 last year when he arrived in Zurich where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award at the film festival there. He was arrested on outstanding warrant in the U.S., where he has been avoiding sentencing on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Until today, he had been under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad since December 4, out on 4.5 million franc bail.