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Roman Polanski awaits move from prison to house arrest

Director Roman Polanski (file pic)
Roman Polanski went to Switzerland to receive a lifetime achievement award

Film director Roman Polanski will not be released from prison until Monday at the earliest, the Swiss justice ministry has confirmed.

Officials say arrangements for his house arrest at his chalet in the Swiss Alps will not be in place before then.

The 76-year-old has been granted bail after being arrested in September.

He has been wanted in the US since fleeing the country in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with an underage girl.

The Swiss Federal Criminal Court granted the Oscar-winning director $4.5m (£2.7m) bail, pending proceedings for his possible extradition to the US.

He was ordered to surrender his passport and be fitted with an electronic bracelet that will activate if he attempts to abscond from his chalet in the ski resort of Gstaad.

The director of films such as Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist was arrested after travelling to Zurich on 26 September to pick up a lifetime achievement award.

Polanski was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl after plying her with champagne and a sedative during a modelling shoot in 1977.

He was initially indicted on six counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.

Polanski fled the US in February 1978 on the day he was to be sentenced, and has lived in France since then.



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