US criticised by Poland over Polanski arrest request

An adviser to the Polish president has accused US authorities of “absolute ignorance” in seeking the arrest of film director Roman Polanski, a Holocaust survivor, while he was in Poland last week for the opening of a Jewish history museum.

US authorities sought Polanski’s arrest on charges of having sex with a minor in 1977.

Polanski attended the opening of the museum in Warsaw on October 28 before travelling to Krakow, his childhood city.

Polish authorities questioned him there because of the US request but refused to arrest him.

Tomasz Nalecz, adviser to President Bronislaw Komorowski, called it inappropriate to seek the arrest of a “child of the Holocaust” at the opening of the museum, which highlights Poland’s role as a safe haven for Jews for centuries before the Holocaust.

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