US Moves to Extradite Polanski

Embassy in Switzerland formally requests director's return
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2009 5:18 AM CDT
Film director Roman Polanski in Montrouge, France, earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
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(Newser) – The American embassy in Switzerland formally requested the extradition of Roman Polanski last night, paving the way for the convicted director to face an American court for the first time since 1977. A tribunal in Zurich will now hold a hearing, although Polanski may appeal to the country's high court if, as expected, they rule in favor of extradition. Earlier this week a court rejected a bail request, saying Polanski posed a flight risk.