Roman Polanski to Be Released on Bail to House Arrest

GENEVA -- The Swiss government says it will release Roman Polanski on bail and place him under house arrest at his chalet in the Alps.

The Justice Ministry says in a statement released Thursday that Polanski will be transferred as soon as possible.

A Swiss court has granted Polanski release on a bail of $4.5 million and under condition of electronic monitoring and house arrest.

The bail does not affect the Justice Ministry's pending decision on whether to extradite the 76-year-old director to the United States for having sex in Los Angeles in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.