Polanski Extradition Might Take Some Time

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    The chalet is seen of film director Roman Polanski in Gstaad, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2009. Justice Ministry said on Monday, Polanski was expected to transfer the full bail in the next couple of days and will be in jail until at least Friday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    And now, he waits.

    It won't be until next year when director Roman Polanski learns whether will be extradited to the United States. Until then, he'll remain in a Swiss chalet under house arrest.

    Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli says officials are still studying a U.S. extradition request. They're also considering an argument by Polanski's lawyers against him being handed over to authorities in Los Angeles.

    Polanski was released from a Swiss jail on Dec. 4 and escorted to the Alpine chalet. He was arrested Sept. 26 as he arrived in Zurich to receive an award at a film festival.

    The 76-year-old director is seeking a dismissal in Los Angeles of the sex misconduct charges against him.