21 Oct 2009

Polanski loses bail appeal

6:57 am on 21 October 2009

Film director Roman Polanski has lost an appeal for bail in Switzerland.

He's being held for possible extradition to the United States for having sex with a girl, aged 13, in 1977.

The BBC reports the highest criminal court said there was a risk that Polanski would flee the country if he was released on bail or into house arrest.

Polanski's lawyer said a further appeal would now be made to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.

Polanski was arrested on 26 September when he arrived from France to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival. He has been in prison since then.

The director was originally charged with six offences including rape and sodomy. He pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with an under-age girl following a plea bargain in 1977, but fled the US in 1978 before he could be sentenced.