Polanski Could Go Free on $4.5M Bail Director remains in jail pending appeal of Swiss court ruling By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff Posted Nov 25, 2009 12:25 PM CST 10 comments Comments Roman Polanski. (AP Photo) (Newser) – Roman Polanksi may soon be free to take a pricey vacation from jail to his Swiss chalet, with ankle bracelet. A Swiss court has agreed to free him on $4.5 million bail, the BBC reports, provided he surrender his passport and submit to electronic monitoring. He's still behind bars for the time being while the government decides whether to appeal. Swiss officials are separately deciding whether to extradite him to the US.