Following the decision by a Swiss federal court to release Roman Polanski on bail, INTERPOL has issued a reminder to all 188 member countries that he also remains the subject of a valid Red Notice, or international wanted persons notice, issued at the request of US authorities.
The message, sent by INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France also requests each of its National Central Bureaus (NCBs) to ensure that border control agencies are also advised of Polanski’s Red Notice status, which is a request for any country to identify or locate an individual with a view to their arrest and extradition.
In March 1977, the Los Angeles County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Polanski, accusing him of furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under fourteen, unlawful sexual intercourse, rape by use of drugs, perversion and sodomy on a person.
Polanski fled from the US in 1978 after he had pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.
“Given Mr Polanski’s history of international travel while defying a judicial order, a 4.5 million dollar bail and an electronic bracelet does not mean that law enforcement lets its global guard down,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
“Mr Polanski has given us more than 30 years of proof that he does not feel bound to respect any court decision with which he does not agree.
“The world law enforcement community should do all in its power to make sure that the Swiss judicial process is allowed to run its course, and if Mr Polanski defies the conditions of his release, no country should welcome, offer safe haven to, or defend his conduct,” concluded Mr Noble.
30 November 2009:
Present family name: POLANSKI
Forename: ROMAN RAYMOND
Date of birth: 18 August 1933 (76 years old)
Place of birth: PARIS, France
Language spoken: English
Nationality: France, Poland
Height: 1.66 meter <-> 65 inches
Weight: 63.5 kg <-> 140 pounds
Colour of eyes: BROWN
Colour of hair: BROWN
Categories of Offences: CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN, SEX CRIMES
Arrest Warrant Issued by: LOS ANGELES / CALIFORNIA / United States
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