Swiss still pondering Polanski case

Court to study recent ruling before deciding on extradition

COLOGNE, Germany -- Swiss authorities on Monday said they would take their time before deciding whether to extradite director Roman Polanski to California to face trial on the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Polanski last week lost his bid to have his case tried in absentia when a state appeals court upheld an earlier decision demanding the director return to the U.S. to face justice.

The Swiss Justice Ministry has received a copy of the ruling and will study it carefully before making a decision on extradition, said spokesman Folco Galli. Galli wouldn't say when a ruling could be expected, but that a decision usually comes within a year of a person's arrest.

The Swiss arrested Polanski in Zurich seven months ago. He is currently under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland.
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