Roman Polanski Extradition Hearing Adjourned Until September
The judge has given U.S. authorities until August to come up with more information relevant to the case.
Roman Polanski will have to wait until September to find out if he'll be extradited to the U.S. to face sentencing over his 1977 conviction for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.
The Polish judge deciding whether or not to honor U.S. authorities' renewed request said at a hearing today that the matter was being adjourned for a few months in order to allow the court to have more time to gather materials relevant to the case.
Judge Dariusz Mazur, sitting in a regional court in Krakow, southern Poland, said the matter was adjourned until mid-September, with an exact date for the next hearing to be set later.
Mazur said that Poland is seeking legal help from the U.S. in the case, which could see the 81-year-old director brought back before an American judge for the first time since he fled the U.S., fearing that a plea bargain deal would not be honored.
Mazur has given U.S. authorities until Aug. 8 to reply to the request for information.
Polanski, who lives in France but is in Poland preparing a new film, was not in court.
In 1977, after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor during an alcohol- and drug-fueled photo shoot in Los Angeles, Polanski served 42 days of the 90-day sentence he received in a plea bargain deal.
He fled U.S jurisdiction the following year, fearing he could face years behind bars after press reports the judge in charge of the case was considering overruling the deal.
In 2009, the director was arrested on a U.S. extradition warrant in Switzerland when he was a guest at the Zurich film festival and placed under house arrest. He was released in 2010.
Polanski is in Krakow, the city in which he grew up during World War II, preparing a new film about the Dreyfus Affair, a notorious miscarriage of justice case in early 20th century France, adapted from British novelist Robert Harris ' thriller An Officer and a Spy.