He served 42 days in jail but on release before final sentencing, he fled the country for France, believing that the judge hearing his case could overrule the deal and impose a longer prison sentence. He has been a fugitive from U.S. justice ever since. Polish prosecutors have been cooperating with U.S authorities even though under Polish law the statute of limitations on the charges against Polanski long expired. The court ruling means that Polanski, who was born in France but also holds Polish citizenship, is now safe to stay in Poland. Polanski is also safe to live and travel there as well. Prosecutors have seven days to appeal the decision.