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Polanski to cooperate in Poland over US extradition

Roman Polanski at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Polanski was born in Paris but grew up in a Krakow ghetto during World War Two

Roman Polanski has said he will cooperate with Polish authorities over an extradition request to the US, where he is wanted for a 1977 sex case.

The Oscar-winning director, who is currently working on a film in Krakow, served 42 days for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old before fleeing the country.

Polish prosecutors have confirmed they will question the 81-year-old, who has both Polish and French passports.

Polanski said he had "confidence in Poland's justice system".

"I will submit myself to the procedure and we will see," he told a TV news channel, "I hope everything will be alright".

Poland generally does not allow extradition of its citizens, but has an extradition agreement with the US who filed a request at the beginning of January.

Polanski was arrested in 2009 by Swiss authorities after travelling to Zurich to attend a film festival, but avoided extradition.

His movements are restricted by a warrant in effect in 188 countries, but he has avoided extradition by travelling between France, Poland and Switzerland.

The director is working on a new film, An Officer and A Spy, about a 19th Century French scandal dubbed "the Dreyfus affair".

He won an Oscar in 2003 for directing The Pianist, a harrowing story set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw that mirrored his own childhood experiences.

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