Oct 23, 2009 9:04 AM by Associated Press
The Swiss government says the U.S. has formally requested the extradition of imprisoned director Roman Polanski for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.
The Justice Ministry says the U.S. filed its request late Thursday and that it has been forwarded to Zurich authorities for an extradition hearing.
It said in a statement Friday that Polanski may appeal the decision if it approves the American request.
The 76-year-old filmmaker was arrested Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich to attend a film festival.