Swiss Official: Polanski Decision Expected Soon

Director Roman Polanski attends Che Tempo Che Fa TV Show held at RAI Studios on November 23, 2008 in Milan, Italy Director Roman Polanski attends Che Tempo Che Fa TV Show held at RAI Studios on November 23, 2008 in Milan, Italy

Swiss officials say they will decide soon whether to extradite Roman Polanski to the U.S. to face prosecution in a 1977 sex case.

Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli says “It won’t be long” before a decision on the extradition request. He declined to be more specific.

The 76-year-old director fled the U.S. on Feb. 1, 1978, the day he was to be formally sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He was arrested on Sept. 26 as he came to receive a lifetime achievement award at a Zurich film festival. He has been under house arrest at his chalet in the resort of Gstaad since December, when he was released on $4.5 million bail.

Polanski would be allowed to appeal extradition.

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