Polish court set to decide on Polanski extradition to US

French-Polish film director Roman Polanski pictured during a conference at the Paris Book Fair on March 20, 2015Kraków (Poland) (AFP) – A Polish court is expected to decide Friday whether to extradite to the United States Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski who pleaded guilty in 1977 to raping a 13-year-old girl but left the country before sentencing. The 82-year-old French-Polish fugitive did not attend the open court hearing that began Friday morning “because of emotional reasons”, his lawyer Jan Olszewski told the judge. If the court clears the extradition, Poland’s justice ministry will still have the final say.

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