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Swiss official: Polanski decision expected soon

Swiss officials say they will decide soon whether to extradite Roman Polanski to the US to face prosecution in a 1977 sex case, a spokesman said today.

world Updated: Jul 04, 2010 20:03 IST

Swiss officials say they will decide soon whether to extradite Roman Polanski to the US to face prosecution in a 1977 sex case, a spokesman said on Sunday.

Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli says "It won't be long" before a decision on the extradition request. He declined to be more specific.

The 76-year-old director fled the US on February 1, 1978, the day he was to be formally sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He was arrested September 26 as he came to receive a lifetime achievement award at a Zurich film festival. He has been under house arrest at his chalet in the resort of Gstaad since December, when he was released on USD 4.5 million bail.

Polanski would be allowed to appeal extradition.