(NBCNEWS) — The decades-long Roman Polanski extradition saga took yet another sharp turn Tuesday.

Poland’s top lawman announced on Polish radio he was reviving the effort to send the Oscar-winning “Chinatown” director to the U.S. to face justice for a a nearly 40-year-old rape case.

“He is accused of a terrible crime against a child, the rape of a child,” Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro told PolskieRadio. “Were he a teacher, a doctor, a plumber or a painter, I’m sure any country would have extradited him to the United States long ago.”

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