WARSAW, Poland — Roman Polanski will attend a Polish court hearing over a U.S. request for his extradition over a 1977 sex crime, one of the filmmaker’s lawyers said Tuesday.

Grazyna Rokita, spokeswoman for the regional court in Polanski’s childhood city of Krakow, said that the court will hear the case Feb. 25.

Polanski’s lawyer Jan Olszewski said that the 81-year-old director “will be in court, in line with his previous statements” to make the necessary explanations.

Born to Polish-Jewish parents, the Oscar-winning director – whose works include “The Pianist” and “Chinatown” – is a celebrity in Poland.

Krakow prosecutors refused a request from U.S. justice authorities last year to arrest Polanski, who is in Poland preparing to make a film about Alfred Dreyfus, a 19th-century French army officer wrongly accused of spying.

However, prosecutors said there were no legal obstacles to the extradition, and have asked the court for a ruling. Polanski has French and Polish passports.

The director’s movements are restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries. He avoids extradition by traveling only between France, Poland and Switzerland, which recently refused to hand him over.

In 1977, Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. He served 42 days in jail as part of a plea bargain but fled the United States on the eve of his sentencing the next year.

– From news service reports


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