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Sun, 27 Sep 2009 12:56 - Updated Sun, 27 Sep 2009 12:56

Roman Polanski 'held in Zurich'

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Zurich - Film director Roman Polanski has been taken into custody on a 31-year-old US arrest warrant, organisers of the Zurich Film Festival have said.

The organisers claim Polanski was detained by police on Saturday as he travelled to Switzerland to collect a lifetime achievement award.

Police in Zurich could not immediately confirm the information.

Mr Polanski admitted unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, but fled the US before sentencing.