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Focus on Polanski turns back to Switzerland

April 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
With his latest appeal rejected, Roman Polanski's fate once again lies in the hands of Swiss authorities.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.