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Polanski free, Swiss reject US extradition request

BERN, Switzerland (AP) - The Swiss government declared renowned
film director Roman Polanski a free man on Monday after rejecting a
U.S. request to extradite him on a charge of having sex in 1977
with a 13-year-old girl.

The Swiss mostly blamed U.S. authorities for failing to provide
confidential testimony about Polanski's sentencing procedure in
1977-1978.

The Justice Ministry also said that national interests were
taken into consideration in the decision.

"The 76-year-old French-Polish film director Roman Polanski
will not be extradited to the USA," the ministry said in a
statement. "The freedom-restricting measures against him have been
revoked."

It was unclear if Polanski had already left his Swiss chalet in
the resort of Gstaad, where he has been held under house arrest
since December.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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