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Roman Polanksi,French director was freed after Swiss reject US extradition request. The director was a sentence for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977

Roman Polanski is now free to leave Switzerland and return to his home in France said by Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf in a news conference.

U.S' extradition request for Roman Polanski was found weak by the Swiss Justice Ministry. The Swiss government said it had sought confidential testimony given Jan. 26 by Roger Gunson, the Los Angeles attorney in charge of the original prosecution against Polanski. The United States rejected the request.

Switzerland's decision was not based on a determination of Roman Polanski's guilt or innocence but only on the validity of the extradition request presented by the United States.

Switzerland blamed U.S. authorities for failing to provide confidential testimony about Roman Polanski's sentencing procedure in 1977-1978.