Swiss government rejects a U.S. extradition request for filmmaker
GENEVA (WKOW) -- The Swiss government says it has rejected a U.S. extradition request for Roman Polanski.
Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf made the announcement Monday morning at a news conference at the capital in Bern.
Polanski, who has been under house arrest for 9 months, was immediately declared a free man -- the electronic foot bracelet used to monitor his movements turned off.
"The 76-year-old French-Polish film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the USA" the Swiss Justice Ministry said in a statement. "The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked."
"Mr. Polanski can now move freely. Since 12:30 today, he's a free man," Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said.
The Oscar-winning Polanski -- who directed "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown," and "The Pianist," -- is wanted in the U.S. after pleading guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer at the home of actor Jack Nicholson.
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