The 76-year-old director of The Ghost Writer has been under house arrest in his Swiss chalet since December last year. The US wants him to face sentencing for a case dating back to 1977. The Polish director is wanted in the US over a conviction for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. Switzerland says that Roman Polanksi is now free, and that the US cannot appeal the decision.
Polankski, who was originally charged with six offences including rape and sodomy, pleaded guilty to unlawful sex following a plea bargain. But he fled the US in 1978 before sentencing and has never returned.
He was taken into custody in Switzerland in September last year when he traveled from his home in France to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.
Observers over here wonder why it’s taken the US more than 30 years to revive a case even Polanski’s victim wishes to forget.