September 27, 2009 6:55 AM Subscribe
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Film director Roman Polanski
, who won numerous awards for films like Chinatown
and The Pianist
, has been detained for extradition to the US
, whilst travelling to Switzerland to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zürich Film Festival.
Polanski spent the past three decades in exile in France, which (unlike Switzerland) has no extradition treaty with the US, after being convicted of having raped a 13-year-old girl at a party. He was nonetheless able to sue for libel in the UK despite being a fugitive there. The victim has asked for charges to be dropped, though Polanski has, until now, been a wanted man in the US. If he is extradited, he faces up to life imprisonment.