Roman Polanski denied bail by Swiss authorities 

Wednesday October 7, 2009

Film director Roman Polanski has been denied release on bail following his arrest by Swiss authorities on September 26.

"There is still a very high risk that he will flee and that a release on bail... cannot guarantee Polanski's presence (for) the extradition procedure,” Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said. 

The Oscar-winner is being held in Switzerland pending his possible extradition to the United States. 

He was detained over his 1977 conviction in America for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

The Pianist director fled the United States in 1978 before he could be sentenced. 

Several famous movie industry colleagues have signed a petition expressing their support for the 76–year-old in his fight against the extradition process, which can take months.

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