Swiss officials asked to end Polanski`s house arrest

Updated: Apr 26, 2010, 11:17 AM IST

London: Roman Polanski`s lawyers have asked Swiss authorities to ignore the "roar and unbearable pressure of an ill-informed public" and release him from house arrest in the country.

Polanski has been confined to his Swiss estate since December, following his arrest in Zurich September, stemming from a three decades old sex crime he committed in the US.

The Los Angeles district attorney`s office wants Polanski to return to California to be sentenced for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl at a party in 1977.

"It is up to the Swiss authorities to tell the truth and give back Roman Polanski his freedom once and for all, regardless of the roar and unbearable pressure of an ill-informed public," quoted his lawyer Herve Temime as saying.

In February, Swiss authorities said they would not make a decision on the extradition of Polanski to the US until all avenues of appeal are exhausted.