Polanski: Polish Court to Reconvene in September for Extradition Hearing

A Polish court is set to consider a U.S. request to extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski. The court will sit on Sept. 22 it announced Thursday (Aug. 27), according to Reuters.

U.S. authorities continue to seek Polanski’s extradition over a 1977 child sex conviction. The case was adjourned in May after the court said it required additional information from U.S. authorities.

Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in September 2009, having travelled to the Zurich Film Festival to accept a lifetime achievement award. He remained under house arrest in Gstaad between December 2009 and July 2010 while Swiss authorities determined whether to extradite him to the U.S. before eventually being allowed to return to France.

The filmmaker has been Oscar-nominated for best director three times, winning the award for 2002’s “The Pianist”, which he was unable to collect. Harrison Ford, who presented the award and had starred in Polanski’s 1988 thriller “Frantic” accepted the award on his behalf.

If the latest extradition request were granted Polanski would be unable to return to Poland, where it is understood he wishes to make a film. Polanski, who holds joint Polish and French nationality, currently lives in Paris so the court’s decision would not compel him to return to the U.S. The director testified at an earlier hearing in Poland in February this year.

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