Roman Polanski has escaped the threat of extradition from Poland to the U.S. Prosecutors in Krakow, Poland, said Friday that they would not challenge a local court ruling that the director should not be extradited as they had found no grounds for an appeal.
“An analysis of evidence collected in the case … allows one to say that the stance of the court on denying the extradition of Roman Polanski to U.S. authorities is correct,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The decision brings to an end efforts by the U.S. government to bring Polanski back to the U.S. from Poland to face justice for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl at a photo shoot in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Polanski, who holds both Polish and French citizenship, is now free to live and work in Poland.
“Speaking for Polanski, I can say that we feel a great relief that this case has ended. And this means that it will be possible for Polanski to start making a planned film in Poland,” Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski’s lawyers, said, Reuters reported.
Polanski has said he would like to shoot a film about the Dreyfus Affair in Poland, but only if he did not face the threat of extradition. The lead producer on the project is France’s Robert Benmussa, who last year said the budget would be €35 million ($37.1 million). The film, which is based on Robert Harris’ novel “An Officer and a Spy,” will be an international co-production made in English with English and American actors, Benmussa said.