Focus on Polanski turns back to Switzerland

LOS ANGELES A bid for the director to be sentenced in absentia was rejected. The court also dismissed a petition by Polanski's victim to toss out the 33-year-old case.

Samantha Geimer was 13 when /*Polanski*/ was accused of having sex with her. He's currently under house arrest in Switzerland.

The Swiss Justice Ministry had been waiting for the court's ruling before deciding whether to allow Polanski to be returned to L.A. for sentencing.

However, a Swiss official said Friday that the ministry wouldn't rush into a decision.

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