The Swiss Justice Ministry says director Roman Polanski is being held by Swiss authorities ahead of his possible extradition to the United States for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.
However, there is much to work out first.
For one thing, Polanski has proposed marriage to the now 45-year-old woman if she can be found.
The Swiss ministry says in a statement that Polanski was arrested Saturday upon arriving in Zurich accompanied by his 13-year-old cousin, Jane Doe.
According to a statement, U.S. authorities have sought Polanski's arrest around the world since 2005.
It is now 2009 and the arrest request had apparently just reached the Swiss.
"I think it got bogged down in Iraq and then Afghanistan", stated one official.
The 76-year-old Polanski was flying in to receive an award at the Zurich Film Festival, possibly a sting operation.
Polanski fled the U.S. in 1976, a year before pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with the girl.
"Can't say he didn't warn them", stated the same official.
The statement Sunday said Polanski will not be sent to the U.S. until extradition proceedings are completed. Polanski may contest his detention and any extradition decision in the Swiss courts.
Meanwhile, the 45-year-old woman has not been located at present and not yet presented with the marriage proposal.