Polanski receiving medical treatment

Director's lawyer says he has been 'taken from prison'

GENEVA -- Film director Roman Polanski, arrested in Switzerland three weeks ago to face extradition in a U.S. sex case, has been moved from jail for medical treatment, his French lawyer said.

"All I know is that he has been taken from prison for medical attention. I don't know where he is or when he will be returned to prison," French lawyer Herve Temime told Reuters on Saturday.

He said he did not have any other details.

Temime said last week after visiting Polanski in a Zurich jail that he was depressed and tired and expressed concern about his medical condition.

Polanski, 76, was arrested in relation to the U.S. case involving sex with an underage girl dating back more than 30 years, when he arrived in Switzerland on Sept. 26 to collect a lifetime achievement award at a Swiss film festival.

Polanski, who holds French and Polish citizenship, pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 and spent 42 days in prison undergoing psychiatric tests.

However, he fled the United States before the case was concluded because he believed a judge would sentence him to up to 50 years behind bars despite a plea agreement for time already served.

Polanski, who won the best director Oscar for 2002 Holocaust film "The Pianist," was also accused of giving drugs and alcohol to the girl.

Folco Galli, spokesman for Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice, declined comment on whether the filmmaker had been moved to hospital or on the state of his health.

"He is still in detention. If necessary, he has all the medical care (needed). It can be in prison or in hospital, in general," he told Reuters.

U.S. authorities have up to 60 days to make a firm extradition request. U.S. judicial sources have said the complex extradition process could take years if Polanski challenges it.
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