Celebrated filmmaker Roman Polanski, who fled California after being convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, is the focus of a renewed effort by the Polish government to extradite him to the U.S.
The announcement today is a setback for the director of “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” after a ruling last fall appeared to put his legal problems to rest.
“On Oct. 30, a judge in Krakow, Poland, ruled that turning over Mr. Polanski would be an ‘obviously unlawful’ deprivation of liberty and that the state of California was unlikely to provide humane conditions of confinement for the filmmaker, who is 82,” The New York Times reports. “The next month, the Krakow prosecutor’s office said it would abide by the judge’s ruling.”
But Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, who is also Poland’s chief prosecutor, released a statement today saying he would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
Polanski, who was married to actress Sharon Tate when she was murdered by members of the Manson Family in 1969, has remained out of the country since he fled the U.S. in 1977.