LOS ANGELES — Filmmaker Roman Polanski's attorneys have issued a lengthy statement faulting the request for his extradition from Switzerland as incomplete and unfair.
However, the lawyers said Wednesday that if the true and complete facts were presented to Swiss officials and they determined extradition was justified, Polanski would return to the United States to litigate his case.
It was the first time Polanski's lawyers have mentioned the possibility of the Academy Award-winning director returning voluntarily, but they couched it in language that suggested it remained unlikely.
Polanski remains under house arrest in Geneva in a 33-year-old sex case.
He pleaded guilty in 1978 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl. But after a judge said he would renege on the plea bargain, Polanski fled to his native France. He has been a fugitive since then.
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