Roman Polanski Moved to Undisclosed Site

Polish-born director Roman Polanski attends the inauguration of Paris' new memorial to the Holocaust in a Jan. 25, 2005 photo. Much like the penniless orphan in his new film, "Oliver Twist," Roman Polanski says he knows that in life "the worst thing isn't a hard bed or hunger, but having no parents."
Authorities in Switzerland have moved Roman Polanski from a Zurich area jail to an undisclosed location before his transfer to house arrest at his Alpine chalet.

Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli told The Associated Press that Polanski left the jail in Winterthur on Thursday for "security reasons and personal protection."

Polanski to be Moved to Chalet Friday
Photos: Roman Polanski

Galli declined to say where the 76-year-old director was being held. He said Polanski was still expected to be taken to his chalet in the luxury resort of Gstaad on Friday afternoon.

Polanski cannot leave his house while Switzerland decides whether to extradite him to the U.S. where he is charged with having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.