France and Poland call for Polanski’s release
Poland and France are demanding that the Swiss authorities release filmmaker Roman Polanski on bail immediately.
The 76-year-old Polish-French actor and director was detained in Switzerland on Saturday in connection with an international arrest warrant issued in 1978 by United States authorities for a sexual offence.
He had travelled to Switzerland to attend the Zurich Film Festival, where he was due to receive a special award for his work.
In 1977, Polanski was accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl at a party. At the time, he admitted having sex with a minor. However, before the case could come to trial he fled to Europe, where he has lived ever since.
Although the woman in question has since received damages from Polanski and said she wants the case to be closed, US justice officials want to prosecute him. Poland and France have asked US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene.
Polanski is best known for such films as Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby. In 2003, he received a Best Director Oscar for The Pianist.
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