POLANSKI STAYS PUTSKI

Published on: October 6, 2009
POLANSKI STAYS PUTSKI

Swiss authorities deny Roman Polanski's appeal to be immediately released.

"We continue to be of the opinion that there is a high risk of flight," said ministry spokesman Folco Galli.

Traditionally neutral Swizz got proactive last week arresting the 76 year old Oscar winning director on a long standing extradition order in the 1977 rape case involving a then 13 year old girl.

The extradition request came after Polanski paid off the girl in a civil case, admitting his guilt before fleeing the US.

Polanski was accused of drugging  the underage girl with champagne and a Quaalude during a modeling session at party pal Jack Nicholson's before raping her in 1977.

He was indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy.

Polanski's lawyers cut a deal with an admission of  guilt to the lesser charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.  Then the judge dropped  the remaining harsher charges, sentencing him to prison for psychiatric testing.

When Polanski arrived in Zurich Sept. 26 to receive an award from a film fest he was apprehended.

Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles considers the Oscar winner a convicted felon and international fugitive.

Swiss cops says there has been an international warrant out on him since 2005.