Polish Court Decision Not to Extradite Roman Polanski to U.S. Confirmed

An appeal is ruled out, and the filmmaker is free to work on a planned film in Poland.

A Polish court's decision to deny the extradition of Roman Polanski to the United States on a 1977 child sex conviction became legally binding on Friday.

As expected, the appellate prosecutor's office in Krakow, Poland said Friday that it had found no reason for an appeal. It said an earlier court decision not to extradite the 82-year-old filmmaker had been correct.

This means Poland's decision not to extradite Polanski has become legally binding.

"Speaking for Polanski, I can say that we feel a great relief that this case has ended," said Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski's lawyers, according to Reuters. "And this means that it will be possible for Polanski to start making a planned film in Poland."

The United States had requested Polanski's extradition after an appearance in Warsaw in 2014.

Polanski, who has joint French and Polish citizenship, lives in France, a country that does not extradite its citizens, has been preparing to shoot his next movie in Poland. It 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.

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