Poland’s Supreme Court Rejects Roman Polanski Extradition Request

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The extradition case, which went on for more than two years, is now officially closed.

Poland's Supreme Court has rejected the government's request to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction.

Michael Laskowski, chairman of the Supreme Court, was quoted on Tuesday by the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza as saying that the court found it "legally unacceptable" to cancel the October 2015 ruling by a Krakow court against the extradition of Polanski.

The director was not required to show up in court.

In May 2016, Zbigniew Ziobro, Polish justice minister and prosecutor general, asked the Supreme Court to overrule the original verdict in a move widely believed to be an attempt by Poland's new conservative government to strengthen its reputation.

Ziobro accepts the Supreme Court's decision but remains convinced that sexual offenses against minors should be prosecuted, regardless of who committed them and when, the Polish National Prosecutor's Office said in a statement, quoted by the newspaper Niezalezna.

U.S. authorities launched extradition proceedings after Polanski arrived in Krakow in 2014 to announce plans to make a film there.

The director lives in France but holds dual French and Polish citizenship and keeps an apartment in Krakow, southern Poland.