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Poland's top court weighs US call for Polanski's extradition

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/6/2016

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Supreme Court is weighing a request by the justice minister to annul a refusal to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case involving sex with a minor.

A Polish court rejected the U.S. request last year, but Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro revived the case in May, just months after the conservative government took office.

Ziobro argued that Polanski's celebrity status was the only thing shielding the Oscar-winning director from being extradited. Polanski grew up in Poland, but he now has homes in France and Switzerland. The case has made him cancel plans to film in Poland.

The court was expected Tuesday to either overturn or confirm the extradition refusal or to return the case to a lower court.

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