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Director Roman Polanski Gets Bail

 A Swiss court in Geneva granted Roman Polanski bail on Wednesday, accepting $4.5 million to allow him to remain under house arrest at his chalet. The director will stay in prison for up to 10

PTI [ Updated: November 25, 2009 23:15 IST ]
director roman polanski gets bail
director roman polanski gets bail

 A Swiss court in Geneva granted Roman Polanski bail on Wednesday, accepting $4.5 million to allow him to remain under house arrest at his chalet. The director will stay in prison for up to 10 days while the Swiss government decides whether to appeal or not.

The Swiss justice minister says she sees "no reason" to appeal Roman Polanski's release under house arrest t and electronic monitoring in exchange for $4.5 million in bail.

Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf's comments Wednesday came after a surprise decision by the Swiss Criminal Court to grant bail to Polanski. The comments indicate the 76-year-old film director could be freed in the coming days.

The verdict does not affect the Swiss Justice Ministry's ongoing assessment of whether Polanski should be extradited to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.

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

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