“The United States want him to be extradited for sexual intercourse with a minor. This carries a maximum sentence of two years under U.S. law,” justice ministry spokesman Folco Galli said on Friday.
The United States had formally asked Switzerland to extradite Polanski, the ministry said earlier, adding it would reach a decision based on a hearing and information provided by Polanski’s lawyer, but that there was no deadline.
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“If he agrees voluntarily to the extradition, the process can be concluded rapidly,” Galli said. “If he fights it all the way, it will take months and months.”