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Roman Polanski Set To Face New Extradition Challenge Over Child Rape

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May 31 2016, Published 5:41 p.m. ET

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Poland's justice minister has challenged a 2014 court decision not to extradite 82-year-old filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States, has learned.

As previously reported, Polanski was arrested and charged in 1977 with raping 13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Geimer). The acclaimed director, originally from Poland, then fled to France, where he continued making films for many years.

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In an exclusive interview with the National ENQUIRER last year, Geimer, currently in her 50s, opened up about her change of heart towards Polanski, and even slammed the deceased judge who sentenced him!

According to the Hollywood Reporter, justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, explained that the decision had been made because Polanski was "accused of and wanted for…a rape of a child."

In response, Polanski's lawyer, Jan Olszewski, told Polish television network TVN24 that the minister's decision had been "anticipated."

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Olszewski insisted that the court's challenge was not over whether Polanski is guilty or innocent, but rather if he should be extradited to the U.S or not.

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