Reuters - Film director Roman Polanski could spend up to a year in courts appealing if Switzerland decided to extradite him to the United States, the Swiss justice minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. The justice ministry has said it will decide on extradition early in 2010.

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A helicopter with a photographer onboard, flies over the chalet of film-maker Roman Polanski, in Gstaad, western Switzerland. A final decision on whether to extradite the film maker to the United States may be a year away, the Swiss justice minister has said. (AFP/File/Thomas Coex)