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U.S. demands Roman Polanski's extradition

According to American and Swiss authorities, the United States has officially asked Switzerland to extradite director Roman Polanski to authorities in California to faces charges for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl, the Associated Press reports.The 76-year-old filmmaker has been in Swiss custody since his Sept. 26 arrest. Swiss authorities will hold a hearing to decide whether Polanski should be sent back to Los Angeles, where he fled sentencing three decades ago–though, even if extradition is approved, Polanski will have the chance to appeal the decision. Polanski’s lawyer vowed the director would fight extradition, saying, ”He will oppose this request and continue to ask to be released until the request is examined.” If convicted, Polanski could face up to two years in prison.

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