Polanski May Choose to Face U.S. Justice

Could move to avoid lengthy extradition proceedings.

Last Updated: October 21, 2009 @ 7:48 AM

Film director Roman Polanski, now in Swiss detention, may decide to face justice in the United States, where he is wanted on a 1977 sex charge, to avoid lengthy extradition procedures, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday.

"If the procedure drags on, it is not impossible that Roman Polanski could choose to go and explain himself in the United States, where there are some arguments in his favor," lawyer Georges Kiejman said on France’s Europe 1 radio.

U.S. authorities have until the end of November to make a firm extradition request. Judicial sources say the process could take years if Polanski challenges it.

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