Swiss ready Polanski chalet for arrest

30th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Switzerland is preparing Roman Polanski's chalet for his house arrest, local media reported Sunday.

Geneva -- Swiss authorities have begun preparing Roman Polanski's chalet for his house arrest, local media reported Sunday, noting that a security company charged with setting up electronic surveillance was sighted at the property.

"Yesterday (Saturday), a Jura security company -- a specialist in video surveillance -- was working on it at his house," reported SonntagsZeitung.

Polanski, who was sought by the United States ever since he fled the country in 1978 after admitting unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, was granted bail with an electronic tag on Wednesday as he awaits a ruling on a US extradition request.

Under bail conditions set by Switzerland's top criminal court, Polanski must pay a bond of CHF 4.5 million (USD 4.5 million, EUR 3.0 million), surrender his identity papers as well as be placed under electronic surveillance while on house arrest at his chalet in the ski resort of Gstaad.

On Friday, Swiss justice ministry spokesman Folco Galli told AFP that the 76-year-old would not be transferred to Gstaad before Monday as bail conditions were not yet met.

SonntagsZeitung also quoted Galli as saying that Polanski will be free to invite people to his chalet during his house arrest as well as use the telephone and email "without restrictions".

Although he travelled regularly to his home in Gstaad, the Franco-Polish film director was arrested by Swiss police acting on a US warrant only on 26 September, when he arrived at Zurich airport to attend a film festival where he was to receive an award.

The United States has formally asked Switzerland to extradite Polanski but Swiss authorities said Thursday the request is still being examined.

AFP / Expatica

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