Sunday, September 27, 2009

Polanski arrested for rape

Zurich: Oscar-winning director Roman Po l a n s k i was taken into custody, Swiss police confir med on Sunday, on a 1978 US arrest warrant for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Polanski was flying in to receive an honorary award at the Zurich Film Festival when he was detained late Saturday at the airport, festival organizers said in a statement.
Zurich police spokesman Stefan Oberlin confirmed Polanski’s arrest, but refused to provide more details because he said it was a matter for the Swiss justice ministry.
A ministry spokesman said Switzerland and the United States have an extradition treaty dating back to the 1950s that is still in force. Polanski fled the US in 1978, a year after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

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