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Polanski extradition decision to be announced

Swiss officials say a decision has been taken whether to hand over Roman Polanski to the United States to face prosecution in a 1977 sex case.

A justice ministry spokesman said an announcement on the extradition request would not be long. However, he declined to elaborate.

The 76-year-old film director fled the US in 1978, when he was to be formally sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

He was arrested last September 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 mountain resort of Gstaad since December, when he was released on SFr4.5 million ($4.2 million) bail.

Polanski will be allowed to appeal extradition, according to a report in the SonntagsZeitung newspaper.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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