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Oct 23, 2009 9:04 AM by Associated Press

US files Polanski extradition request in sex case

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.

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