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Poland will never extradite Roman Polanski to the US, reveals prosecutor

Published 27/11/2015 | 08:32

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski and his lawyer Jan Olszewski (R) attend a news conference in Krakow, PolandREUTERS/Mateusz Skwarczek/Agencja Gazeta
Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski and his lawyer Jan Olszewski (R) attend a news conference in Krakow, PolandREUTERS/Mateusz Skwarczek/Agencja Gazeta

A Polish appellate prosecutor's office said on Friday it has found no justification to appeal against an earlier Polish court decision not to extradite film-maker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction.

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"An analysis of evidence collected in the case ... allows one to say that the stance of the court on denying the extradition of Roman Polanski to U.S. authorities is correct," the appellate prosecutor's office in the southern city of Krakow said in a statement.

The case of the Oscar-winning director, now 82, who holds Polish and French citizenship, has been an international cause celebre nearly four decades after the crime, with some demanding harsh punishment and others urging to let the case go.

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