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Polanski moved from prison early

Swiss authorities have moved filmmaker Roman Polanski from prison to an undisclosed location before his transfer to house arrest.

Polanski left the prison near Zurich on Thursday for "security reasons and personal protection" ahead of his scheduled release on Friday, Federal Justice Office spokesman Folco Galli said.

Galli declined to say where he was being held but noted that he was still expected to be taken to his chalet in Gstaad on Friday afternoon.

The 76-year-old director must stay in the house and wear an electronic bracelet as officials decide whether to extradite him to the United States for sentencing after being convicted of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

He had to pay the full SFr4.5 million ($4.5 million) bail before being released to his chalet.

Polanski was picked up more than two months ago at Zurich airport after arriving for a film festival in the city.

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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