MOSCOW, May 31 (RAPSI) – Poland’s Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro is going to appeal with the Supreme Court a ruling in the extradition case of film director Roman Polanski, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
“I decided to file an appeal with the Supreme Court over finding Roman Polanski’s extradition unacceptable. Krakow’s court decided to not extradite Polanski to the United States where he is accused and prosecuted for cruel crime, violence against a minor,” Ziobro said in the broadcast of Polish radio.
In 2015 the Krakow District Court ruled that extradition of Polanski to the U.S. is unacceptable. However, the ruling may be appealed in the Supreme Court of Poland. If the ruling is going to be found acceptable, the Minister of Justice is to decide whether to extradite Polanski or not.
In November 2015 Polish prosecutors claimed that there is no need to appeal Krakow’s court ruling.
In September 2009 Roman Polanski, who is a citizen of France and Poland, was arrested in Zürich on the request of the U.S. authorities. Polanski is accused of raping of a minor, Samantha Gailey, in 1977. Later Polanski was released on $4.5 million bail. In July of 2010 the Ministry of Justice of Switzerland refused to extradite Polanski to the U.S.
In January 2015 Poland received a request to extradite the film director. In August of the same year the U.S. authorities transferred relevant documents in the case.