Polanski refused bail over flight risk

Roman Polanski lost his appeal to be released from custody yesterday. A Swiss court rejected multiple offers from the 76-year-old film director to post bail or go under house arrest to reassure authorities that he would stay in the country.

The Federal Criminal Court said Mr Polanski posed too "high" a flight risk to be freed and that even his Swiss chalet in the luxury resort of Gstaad was insufficient collateral to guard against his escape.

The United States is seeking Mr Polanski's extradition for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. He has 10 days to appeal against the decision on his release.