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Nicolas Sarkozy helped Roman Polanski get bail

Published: Friday, November 27, 2009, 11:21 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]London (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozy helped Roman Polanski get bail after the filmmaker spent two months in a Swiss prison on a child sex case, it has emerged. The director"s sister-in-law Mathilde Seigner hinted that the leader has been instrumental to the recent development.

“I wouldn"t go so far as to say that it is thanks to the President that Roman has been freed, but he has been super. The President has been very effective," Times Online quoted her as telling Le Parisien newspaper. Sarkozy had earlier expressed his views on the director being held on a US warrant for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Last month, he told Le Figaro newspaper: “Pronouncing justice 32 years after the event, when the accused is 76 years old a good administration of justice." Seemingly, the French premier"s wife Carla Bruni has been the reason behind Sarkozy supporting Polanski.

It is believed that Bruni"s connections with the Parisian artistic community has benefited Polanski, as he and his actress wife Emmanuelle Seigner and her sister are an important part of it. Meanwhile, Polanski"s bail of 4.5 million Swiss Francs will allow him to move into his luxurious Swiss Alps chalet.

However, his movements will be monitored with the help of an electronic tagging to ensure he stays put in his chalet. Polanski had pleaded guilty of having unlawful sex with a child in 1977, but had later escaped from America.

Topics: roman polanski, emmanuelle seigner, mathilde seigner, nicolas sarkozy, carla bruni
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