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In a case that has polarised public passions, director Roman Polanski did not win his freedom yesterday for a 32-year-old sex offence, but an appeals court said in a strongly worded opinion there was probable judicial and prosecutorial misconduct in his case.

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Chilcott is being intimidated into coming up with the 'right' answers

Court to rule if Polanski can fight case from afar

A Los Angeles appeals court will consider whether Roman Polanski needs to appear in person to pursue his claim that his child rape case was tainted by judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and should be thrown out.

Polanksi begins house arrest in plush 'prison'

Film-maker moved to his chalet as lawyers prepare to fight extradition to the US

Swiss move Polanski to secret location en route to house arrest

Authorities acted to protect Roman Polanski from public attention yesterday by moving him from a jail in the Zurich area to an undisclosed location before his transfer today to house arrest in the Swiss Alps.

Roman Polanski to move to house arrest

After more than two months in a Swiss jail, Roman Polanski will be placed under house arrest at his Alpine chalet on Friday, authorities said.

Swiss prepare Polanski's house arrest

Security experts yesterday started preparing Roman Polanski's Alpine chalet for the film director's house arrest while Swiss authorities consider whether to extradite him to the United States.

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