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Polanski 'gets five francs a day' in Swiss jail

world Updated: Sep 30, 2009 16:25 IST

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Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski is being held in a "rudimentary" jail cell in Zurich and receives five Swiss francs (3.30 euros, 4.85 dollars) in pocket money daily, a Swiss newspaper reported.

"We have been able to meet him outside his cell," Marek Wieruszewski, Poland's consul in Bern, told the French-language Le Matin daily.

"He told us that he did not lack anything and that he was very well treated. This does not mean at all that he is happy about his situation," he added.

Citing information from Wieruszewski and other unnamed sources, Le Matin said the 76-year-old Franco-Polish director, is being held in a cell that is "rudimentary, comprising a table, a bed, a wall cupboard, a washbasin, the toilet and a television."

He has been given tracksuits to wear and five francs a day in pocket money, added the newspaper. His breakfast is served in the cell and comprises coffee, bread, butter and jam, while lunch is served in a dining hall.

For dinner, Polanski, like other detainees, gets bread and cheese.

Polanski also gets to take a walk in the courtyard for an hour a day, and has "sporadic" access to a telephone. His wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, can visit him one hour a week.

Polanski, who is regarded as a fugitive in the United States, was arrested on Saturday as he arrived in Zurich to collect a lifetime achievement award at the city's film festival.

Swiss authorities say they are waiting for an extradition request from the United States over a 1977 case in which he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl, then fled the country before sentencing.

The top Swiss criminal court confirmed Tuesday that Polanski had lodged a separate court motion -- a formal complaint against his arrest at Zurich airport pending the US extradition request.