Swiss High Court Refuses Roman Polanski Bail Over Flight Risk

October 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Switzerland’s top criminal court dealt Roman Polanski another setback in his fight against extradition to the United States on Tuesday ruling the 76-year-old director be kept in jail because he poses a high flight risk.  Thirty two years of being on the run will do that!

“The court considered the risk that Roman Polanski might flee if released from custody as high,” the federal criminal tribunal said in a statement.

The Federal Criminal Court rejected offers by Polanski’s legal team of bail, house arrest and other measures to ensure that he stays in Switzerland.  He has been a fugitive going on 32 years, since fleeing the United States in 1978 after being convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old girl the year before.

The director of Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown and other critically acclaimed films was arrested by Swiss authorities last month as he arrived in Zurich to receive an award from a film festival.

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