Roman Polanski (film director, known for The Pianist and The Ghost Writer) has escaped the threat of extradition from Poland to the United States. The prosecutor’s office said in a statement “An analysis of evidence collected in the case, allows one to say that the stance of the court on denying the extradition of Roman Polanski to U.S. authorities is correct”. Prosecutors in Krakow, Poland, said Friday that they would not challenge a local court ruling that the director should not be extradited as they had found no grounds for an appeal.
The decision comes after efforts sustained by the U.S. government to bring Polanski back to the U.S. from Poland to face justice for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl at a photo shoot in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Polanski, who holds a Polish and French citizenship, is now free to live and work in Poland. Jan Olszewski, one of Polanski’s lawyers, said, according to Reuters “Speaking for Polanski, I can say that we feel a great relief that this case has ended. And this means that it will be possible for Polanski to start making a planned film in Poland” .