Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the United States from Poland, as was decided in court in Krakow, where U.S. prosecutors have been working to bring the filmmaker stateside. This comes at the end of a long year in the case, which has seen Polanski questioned repeatedly about the events of the late 1970s.
The U.S. had been chasing the dual French/Polish Polanski for nearly four decades, dating back to 1977 when he was charged with drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer; Polanski was imprisoned for psychiatric evaluation but absconded before sentencing.
Polanski was last gearing up to a shoot a film in Poland about the Dreyfus Affair, in which 19th-century French officer Alfred Dreyfus, of Jewish heritage, was accused of leaking intel to Germany. Now he will be free to do so.
According to NYT, Polanski was “moved” by the decision.