Roman Polanski removed from Swiss jail for treatment of medical unknown condition

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Director Roman Polanski, facing extradition to the U.S. on 31-year-old rape charges, has been removed from a Swiss jail for medical treatment, his lawyer said Saturday.

"All I know is that he has been taken from prison for medical attention. I don't know where he is or when he will be returned to prison," French lawyer Herve Temime told Reuters.

He provided no further details.

After visiting Polanski in a Zurich jail last week, Temime said he was worried about the 76-year-old director's health, noting that he appeared depressed and tired.

A spokesman for Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice declined to comment on whether the acclaimed filmmaker had been taken to a hospital. "He is still in detention," Folco Galli told Reuters.

"If necessary he has all the medical care (needed). It can be in prison or in \[a\] hospital."

Polanski was arrested Sept. 26 when he arrived in Switzerland to accept a lifetime-achievement award, ending his three-decades as a U.S. fugitive.