Polanski to be released on bail
A Swiss court said on Wednesday that film director Roman Polanski can be released from prison on bail of 4.5 million Swiss francs ($4.5 million), but must stay under house arrest.world Updated: Nov 26, 2009 01:55 IST
A Swiss court said on Wednesday that film director Roman Polanski can be released from prison on bail of 4.5 million Swiss francs ($4.5 million), but must stay under house arrest.
"The court judged that the bail offered ... combined with the other measures such as the deposit of identification documents and the assignment to his residence under electronic surveillance are considered sufficient to prevent the risk of fleeing," said the Federal Criminal Tribunal (TFP) in the town of Bellinzona.
The decision may still be appealed, the TFP said.
A previous request for release on bail had been rejected in late October by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice on the grounds that the risk of fleeing was too high.
Polanski, 76, was arrested in Zurich Sep 26, based on a US warrant issued in 1978 stemming from Polanski's admission to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in California in 1977.
Polanski fled the US after spending 42 days in prison for psychiatric tests and has never been sentenced.
A Los Angeles court set a Dec 10 date for a hearing in the case against the Franco-Polish filmmaker, the New York Times said earlier this month.
In the December hearing, Polanski's lawyers are to appeal a US Superior Court decision from May, which rejected Polanski's request to close the case against him owing to legal flaws in the 1978 proceedings. The court argued that Polanski had to argue his case personally.
The US requested his extradition two weeks ago. Polanski is expected to fight the extradition.