Polanski to make another bail bid

2nd November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Roman Polanski’s attorney says he will file a new request to a Swiss court to be released from jail.

Paris -- Roman Polanski will file a new request before a Swiss court to be released from jail while awaiting a decision on a US extradition request, his French attorney said Saturday.

"We will draw up a new request on Monday," Herve Temime told AFP.

The new request will offer "adequate guarantees" to reassure Swiss authorities that the Oscar-winning film director, who faces three-decade-old child sex charges in the United States, will not flee the country if he is released, Temime said.

The Swiss Federal Justice Office denied Polanski's last appeal on Friday, saying the risk that Polanski would escape the country was "still too high."

Switzerland's top criminal court rejected a similar request from the 76-year-old filmmaker on 20 October.

The court also found that Polanski's bail offer of his chalet in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad did not meet legal requirements. It then told Polanski that he could make a renewed bail offer to the Justice Office.

The director of "Rosemary's Baby", "Chinatown" and "The Pianist" has been regarded as a fugitive by US authorities since he fled the United States in 1978 after admitting to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He was detained by Swiss police acting on a US extradition warrant when he went to Zurich to collect an award at the city's film festival in September.

The United States has since formally asked Switzerland to extradite Polanski.

AFP / Expatica

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