BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Roman Polanski detained in Zurich
Film director Roman Polanski has been taken into custody on a 31-year-old US arrest warrant, Swiss police say.
Mr Polanski, 76, was detained on Saturday as he travelled from France to collect a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.
The Swiss justice ministry said he was being held ahead of a possible extradition to the US for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Mr Polanski fled the US in 1978 after pleading guilty to the charges.
In recent years, he has tried to have the rape case dismissed, but a US judge formally rejected his requests in May.
Mr Polanski was initially indicted on six counts and faced up to life in prison.
About bloody Time, this scum has been on the run for over 30 Year and so typical of the French to 1 protect this scum and 2 Cry about the fact that the Swiss actually due care about Interenational Law.[/B]