Polanski lawyers say request for his return unfair

MUMBAI: Roman Polanski‘s lawyers, in a statement have said that the request for the filmmaker‘s extradition from Switzerland was incomplete and unfair.

Polanski‘s lawyers maintain that Los Angeles prosecutors are hiding this fact from the Swiss.

"If, after a fair hearing in Switzerland at which the entire record of this case is truthfully presented, the Swiss determine that extradition is justified, Mr. Polanski will of course comply with a lawful extradition order and return to California to litigate the issues of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct and be finally sentenced under the law," the statement read.

They however said that if facts were presented to Swiss officials and they determine that extradition was justified, the director would return to the United States to litigate his case.

It was the first time in the long legal battle that the team of lawyers has mentioned Polanski possibly returning voluntarily.

The Academy Award-winning director remains under house arrest in the 33-year-old sex case. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, but after a judge said he would renege on a promised sentence agreement, Polanski fled to his native France and has been a fugitive since.

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