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Polanski victim wants case to close

MUMBAI: The victim in director Roman Polanski‘s 1977 sex crime case, Samantha Geimer has said that she hoped the matter would now be closed after Switzerland refused to extradite Polanski to face the sentencing he fled in 1978 and freed him after months of house arrest.


It may be recalled that Geimer, who was 13 in 1977 when Polanski gave her drugs and champagne and had sex with her has repeatedly asked for the case to be dropped.


"I am satisfied with this decision and I hope that the district attorney will now close the case and get it over once and for all," Geimer, 40 and now a mother of three has said.


But Polanski‘s US legal team called for a full inquiry into allegations of judicial misconduct three decades ago.


"That evidence was not insignificant and the failure to produce it (to the Swiss) was neither accidental nor a ‘technicality‘ as some have said," Polanski‘s Los Angeles defence team said in a statement. They called for a thorough investigation by a "fair and impartial third party" of the misconduct allegations and said the results should be made public.


Polanski‘s wife, French actress and singer Emmanuelle Seigner, said in an interview with the newspaper Liberation that the Swiss decision was a huge relief.
 

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