Roman Polanski Attends Film Festival in Poland

Roman Polanski Risks Arrest
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Director to deliver a masterclass

GDYNIA, Poland — Director Roman Polanski is attending a film festival in Poland, despite the fact that the U.S. may seek his extradition.

Polanski, who fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to sex with a 13-year-old girl, is at the Gdynia Film Festival to deliver a masterclass for film school students and present a screening of his film “Venus in Fur.” He arrived late Thursday. Both events are on Friday.

Polanski, who was born in France but educated in Poland, lives in France. He holds dual French-Polish citizenship.

The U.S. and Poland inked an extradition treaty in 1997, but it does not oblige the states to extradite their own citizens, although they have the power to do so. It states:

“Article 4 (1) provides that neither Contracting State shall be required to extradite its nationals, but the Executive Authority of the Requested State shall have the discretionary power to do so.”

Polanski was arrested when he traveled to the Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland in 2009. After a lengthy period under house-arrest at his chalet in Gstaad he was freed after the U.S. authorities failed to extradite him.

Polanski visited Poland last in 2011 for a friend’s funeral.

Photo above was taken on August 27 in Paris, France.

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  1. Mike says:

    There is no way they would extradite him from Poland to the US. He’s safe in Poland!!

  2. loveit says:

    He won’t be arrested in Poland because he’s a polish citizen!!!

  3. Art says:

    Do pierdla z dzieciojebcą… !!!!

  4. Pav says:

    That is true!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Polanski is a culture icon in Poland and people consider him Polish, not French. If anyone would try to arrest him and extradite him to the US media, film industry, the whole feuilleton would be in uproar. I cannot imagine he risks anything coming to Gdynia.

  6. willi says:

    Okay, this is not true. Polański risks nothing coming to Poland. He has a Polish citizenship too, not just a French. Polish law enforcement representative has spoken about it in 2010 when he was arrested in Switzerland and they said that Poland would not be able turn him in and extradite to US. His case has lapsed in Poland and that makes it impossible to extadite Polański.

  7. Joli says:

    My sentiments exactly. I want him penalized, but these priests that get away with what they do is so unbelievable it makes one wonder how does this happen. Forget him, go after the priests.

  8. Marc says:

    Not to condone his behavior with a 13 year old but how is it that an uncountable number of priests have committed equal or even more repugnant crimes that get off without any personal penalty?

  9. ceebeebee says:

    Incredible. A made up thesis with nothing to back it up. Why would Poland arrest Polanski? Who would tell you such a thing? Any officials saying this or this just the all knowing reporter? Come on…

  10. Lynne Sands says:

    I hope the U.S. takes advantage of this second opportunity and gets him. His crimes should not be ignored or left unpunished. The only way to stop abusers like him is to show them the kind of mercy they show their victims; that is to say, none at all.

    • Joe Smart says:

      The train has already left the station on punishing Polanski for molesting a 13 year old girl. Because of the sweet plea bargain deal he was given for his crimes essentially all the US can go after him for is fleeing bail. That was why the Swiss refused the extradite him–the amount of time Roman Polanski could do if he was returned to the US was too small for him to be considered eligible for extradition.

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