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Polanski arrested in Switzerland

Last updated on: September 27, 2009 19:19 IST
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Roman Polanski, the Oscar-winning director, has been detained in Switzerland on a warrant that was issued in 1978 in the United States.  

Emerging reports indicated Switzerland would extradite Polanski to the US. Polanski – who now lives in Paris -- fled America more than 30 years ago after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Reports said Polanski – who was in the country to attend the Zurich film festival-- is being questioned by the Swiss authorities.

 Security officers, said a report in Telegraph, took him to custody after raiding the hotel he was staying in

Polanksi was awarded the 2002-03 best director Oscar for The Pianist.

Photograph: Reuters

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