Roman Polanski Extradition Case Moving Forward in Poland

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U.S. authorities have supplied legal documents to the Polish court, which can now move forward on the case.

A Polish court set to rule on a U.S. request to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski over his 1977 child sex conviction has received the legal documents from U.S. authorities to move forward on the case.

The court on Tuesday said it had received the U.S. legal documents it had requested and now had enough information to proceed.

"The court is now looking into the documents and only after some time will it be able to assess whether it has received answers for all the queries addressed to the U.S. side," a court spokeswoman told Reuters.

The extradition case was adjourned in May when the court said it needed more information from U.S. authorities relating to the original case, when Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl during a photo shoot in Los Angeles.

The documents relate to Polanski's interrogation and the questioning of the prosecutor who conducted the original investigation.

If the court rules in favor of the extradition, the case will be passed to the Polish justice minister for a final decision.

Polanski, who has joint French and Polish citizenship, lives in France, a country that does not extradite its citizens. But the Oscar-winning director has been preparing to shoot his next movie in Poland. If the extradition request were to be granted, that shoot would be jeopardized. The film is about the Dreyfus Affair, a notorious case of miscarriage of justice from early 20th Century France. The Polish film board has said it will co-finance the movie.

Polanski, 82, served 42 days in jail in Los Angeles, as part of a 90-day plea bargain but he fled the U.S. before serving out his sentence, believing the judge hearing his case could overrule his deal and put him in jail for years.

In 2009, Polanski was arrested in Zurich on a U.S. warrant and placed under house arrest. Swiss authorities ruled not to extradite him and he was freed in 2010.

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