Roman Polanski will remain in jail until Friday while he raises $4.5 million bail. A Swiss court approved Polanski’s release on bail and his house arrest at his Gstaad chalet last week while the government decides whether to extradite him to the U.S. Unlike in the U.S., where bail bondsmen can post a percentage of the total bail to get someone released from jail, Swiss law requires that bail be paid in full. Polanski has been behind bars since his Sept. 26 arrest on a U.S. warrant as he arrived in Switzerland to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival. “Polanski will not be in Gstaad until Friday at the earliest, and only if the bail has been paid in full”, Folco Galli, spokesperson for the Swiss Federal Office of Justice, told EW.
Dec 1 2009 02:00 PM ET