Roman Polanski will be cross examined while being present in court and will not evade or elude Israeli court, Polanski who filed a defamation / libel lawsuit in israel against Israeli blogger. Attorney Roni Aloni Sadovnik representing the israeli social activist Mr. Matan Uziel, has won another early round decision: The Honorable Judge Gilaad Hess of the Herzelia court denied Roman Polanski request to not show up in person, and rulled Polanski must appear himself in Israeli court for cross examination, also rulled Polanski must pay 10,000 nis as Compensation, for submitting those requests.
by: Amy Spiro
In Tuesday’s ruling, Judge Gilad Hess ruled that Polanski will not be allowed to testify via video link-up and must appear in Israel in person.He also ordered Polanski to pay Uziel NIS 10,000 in costs within 30 days.While Polanski gave various reasons for his inability to appear, Hess dismissed them one by one. The director claimed that Uziel was demanding Polanski appear in Israel in order to have him arrested and extradited to the United States. But Hess noted that, as Polanski himself pointed out, the US-Israeli extradition treaty would no longer allow for the director’s arrest in Israel, since too much time has passed since the crime.Polanski also tried to claim that it was unfair of Uziel to slander him internationally and then demand he appear in an Israeli court. But Hess dismissed that argument as well, calling it a “strange claim.”“It was Polanski who decided to file this suit in Israel,” Hess wrote in his decision.