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It's so hard to be Polanski

Poor, poor man, life is tough.

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Polanski heading for his Swiss chalet

FILMMAKER Roman Polanski, who is fighting extradition to the United States on a child sex conviction, will be released on bail today and taken to his chalet, the Swiss Justice Ministry says.


Polanski is expected to arrive in the Alpine resort of Gstaad, in western Switzerland, tonight after his release from jail near Zurich.

The French-Polish film director, who has been hunted by the US ever since he fled in 1978 after admitting to sex with a 13-year-old girl, was arrested in Switzerland on September 26.

He was granted bail of 3 million euros ($A4.89 million) last week, on condition he remain under house arrest at his chalet.

The 76-year-old will be fitted with an electronic surveillance bracelet to ensure he stays within the 1800-square-metre grounds of his property, pending a ruling on the US extradition request.

Swiss officials had initially opposed bail on the grounds Polanski could easily flee to France, where he has been sheltered from extradition to the US for three decades because he holds French nationality.


His second home is only a 67-kilometre drive from the nearest French border post, mainly through winding mountain roads.

Polanski has regularly stayed in Gstaad over the years.

The Oscar-winning director was arrested after arriving at Zurich airport - where he was due to collect a lifetime achievement award at the city's film festival - sparking a court battle.


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