Swiss Shoot Down Polanski's Freedom Bid

Says director would likely flee
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 6, 2009 7:53 AM CDT
Filmmaker Roman Polanski's Swiss lawyer, Lorenz Erni, leaves his office, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)
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(Newser) – The Swiss Justice Ministry has rejected an appeal from Roman Polanski to be released from prison pending his possible extradition to the United States. The government believes there is a high risk that Polanski might flee if released from custody, a military spokesman tells the AP. The appeal is separate from a court case Polanski's legal team filed last week that also seeks the 76-year-old director's freedom.

Polanski was apprehended Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich to receive an award from a film festival. US authorities asked for his arrest and want him extradited for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.