Roman Polanski: Appeal for bail rejected
Switzerland's highest criminal court has rejected bail for film director Roman Polanski on Tuesday, saying there was a "high" risk that he could flee the country. He is being held in Switzerland jail over his 1977 US conviction for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.
The Swiss Federal Criminal Court said in a statement, "According to Swiss law, detention is the rule during the entire extradition proceedings. The court considered the risk that Roman Polanski might flee if released from custody as high".
The 76 year old Oscar-winning director Polanski was arrested on September 26 when he arrived in Zurich to collect a lifetime achievement prize at a film festival.
The court said the bail offered by Polanski did not meet the requirements of Swiss law, but he could now appeal against its verdict to Switzerland's highest tribunal.
Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor in 1977 and spent 42 days in prison undergoing psychiatric tests. But he fled the United States before sentencing and has not returned since because he believed a judge would sentence him to up to 50 years behind bars despite a plea agreement for time already served.