Roman Polanski Faces New Hearing
Poland to decide on US request to extradite fugitive director
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2015 9:26 AM CST
In this Feb. 28, 2014, file photo Polish-French film director Roman Polanski holds his best director award during the 39th French Cesar Awards Ceremony in Paris, Feb. 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

(Newser) – The US is still trying to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland, and the 81-year-old director will attend a hearing on the matter next Wednesday, his lawyer said today. Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in 1977 but fled the US after serving 42 days in a plea deal because he feared the deal being overruled; he now lives in France but is planning to make a film in Poland. If the court decides to honor the extradition request, the country's justice minister must still decide whether to approve it, Reuters reports.