Polish Court Sets Next Roman Polanski Extradition Hearing for April

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The director won't be summoned to session in Krakow, as he already testified during the first hearing, which reportedly lasted nine hours.

A court in Krakow, Poland, has set April 9 as the date for its next hearing on whether to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States.

Polanski is not going to be summoned to the session, as he already provided his testimony during the first hearing, a spokesperson for the District Court in Krakow was quoted as saying by Polish TV network Republika.

Polanski, who won an Oscar in 2002 for The Pianist and currently resides in France, testified in the court of Krakow, the city in which he grew up, on Feb. 25.

The testimony lasted for almost nine hours, and a transcript of it spanned 30 pages, Republika reported.

The filmmaker, who has been preparing to make a film in Poland, previously said he would cooperate with the Polish authorities as they deal with the latest extradition request from the U.S. He added: "I trust the Polish judiciary system. I hope everything will be all right."

If the court rules in favor of the extradition request, Poland's justice minister would then decide whether to approve it.

The United States filed a formal extradition request to Poland in Oct. 2014 related to a 1977 case in which Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor.

He served more than a month in jail as part of a plea bargain when the case was first brought against him. Then he fled the U.S. out of concern that the judge could overrule the deal and put him in jail for years.

 

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