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Poland Has Made a Final Decision on Roman Polanski

The director won't be extradited back to the US
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2016 12:19 PM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2016 12:28 PM CST
Roman Polanski Won't Be Extradited From Poland
Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a refusal to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the US if he enters Poland.   (AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz, File)

(Newser) – Efforts to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland have come to a "definitive end," with the Oscar-winning director staying put in Europe, Reuters reports. According to the BBC, Polanski fled the US in 1978 after admitting to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The US sought his extradition from Poland in 2014 but was ruled against in Polish court. Poland's prosecutor general and justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, sought to have that ruling annulled this year to "avoid double standards" and show that even celebrities aren't above the law. But on Tuesday, the Polish supreme court called his request "groundless," meaning Polanski isn't going anywhere. A lawyer for the director says they "are very happy that the case is finally over." (Read more Roman Polanski stories.)

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