Swiss re­ject higher Polan­ski bail, think flight risk is too high

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - World -

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss au­thor­i­ties have re­jected a new higher of­fer of bail from im­pris­oned di­rec­tor Ro­man Polan­ski, say­ing Fri­day they still think the risk is too high that he would flee the coun­try.

Jus­tice Min­istry spokesman Folco Galli said the of­fer was not made in cash and failed to ad­dress con­cerns that the 76-year-old film­maker would flee Switzer­land as he awaits a de­ci­sion on whether he will be ex­tra­dited to the United States for hav­ing sex in 1977 with a 13-yearold girl.

“ We still con­sider the flight risk as high,” Galli said.

Polan­ski has been in Swiss cus­tody since his ar­rest Sept. 26 as he ar­rived in Zurich to re­ceive a life­time award from a film fes­ti­val. He is fight­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Los An­ge­les, where he is wanted for flee­ing sen­tenc­ing 31 years ago, but has suf­fered a string of le­gal set­backs in Switzer­land so far.

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