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Roman Polanski Questioned By Prosecutors In Poland Over Sex Offences

30/10/2014 12:40 GMT | Updated 30/10/2014 12:59 GMT

Roman Polanski has been questioned by prosecutors in Poland at the request of U.S. authorities who are seeking his extradition on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutors in Krakow, Boguslawa Marcinkowska, said the filmmaker remained free but available for further proceedings.

She said prosecutors must analyse the U.S. arrest and extradition request before they make any decisions.

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Roman Polanski is wanted in the United States for sex offences

Deputy Foreign Minister Rafal Trzaskowski said the charges against Polanski have expired in Poland, providing no grounds for an extradition.

The director is living in Paris, where — as French citizen — he is immune from U.S. justice, which he fled in 1978.

In 2010, he was freed from Swiss house arrest after that government refused to extradite him.

Polanski was accused of plying a 13-year-old girl with champagne and part of a Quaalude during a modelling shoot at Jack Nicholson’s house in 1977 and raping her.

He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy, but pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.

In exchange, a Los Angeles judge agreed to drop the remaining charges and sentence him to prison for a 90-day psychiatric evaluation. He was released after 42 days by an evaluator who deemed him mentally sound and unlikely to offend again, but the judge threatened further sanctions and Polanski fled the United States.

Polanski, whose films include "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby," is restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries, but he moves freely between Switzerland and France.