Polanski Loses Bid for Bail

Court rules director must remain behind bars
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 20, 2009 5:40 AM CDT
Filmmaker Roman Polanski's Swiss lawyer, Lorenz Erni, talks to the media after leaving his office on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)
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(Newser) – Roman Polanski will remain in a Swiss jail while authorities decide whether to extradite him to the US in his 31-year-old statutory rape case, a Swiss court ruled today. The court ruled against releasing the director on bail or under house arrest because he posed a high flight risk. Polanski, who was arrested last month in Zurich, can appeal the verdict to the country's supreme court.