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Polanski extradition decision in early 2010

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Swiss Justice Ministry says director Roman Polanski, shown in this Jan. 15, 2009, photo, has been held by Swiss authorities pending possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.

The Swiss Justice Ministry says director Roman Polanski, shown in this Jan. 15, 2009, photo, has been held by Swiss authorities pending possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. (ABCNews Photo)

Swiss authorities say they will decide early next year on whether to extradite director Roman Polanski to the United States.

Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli says officials are still studying a U.S. extradition request and an argument by Roman Polanski's lawyers against him being handed over to authorities in Los Angeles for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.

Galli said Wednesday that a decision will be made "early next year."

Polanski was released from a Swiss jail on Dec. 4 and is under house arrest at his Alpine chalet in Switzerland.

He was arrested Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich to receive an award at a film festival.

The 76-year-old director is seeking a dismissal in Los Angeles of the sex misconduct charges against him.

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