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."
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.