Ian Bailey to graduate with law degree today
Published 06/12/2010 | 05:00
THE man at the centre of a French extradition bid following the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier 14 years ago will get a law degree from an Irish college today.
Ian Bailey (53) is currently contesting the extradition warrant issued by the French authorities. The French want to question him in relation to the alleged "wilful homicide and serious assault and battery" of the 39-year-old French woman.
The High Court has set a date for December 16 for hearing the extradition bid which has been rejected by Mr Bailey's legal team as "a nonsense".
Mr Bailey -- who lives in Schull in west Cork -- was arrested last April on foot of a European arrest warrant issued by a Paris magistrate investigating the death of the mother-of-one.
The High Court released the Manchester-born law student on bail within 24 hours, and he had been excused attending subsequent court hearings because of exams.
He will be conferred with a BL honours degree at University College Cork today.
The extradition case represents a potential landmark in Irish law because, to date, no one has ever been extradited to face proceedings in a foreign country for an alleged offence in this jurisdiction.
The French warrant seeks Mr Bailey's extradition for the alleged "wilful homicide and serious assault and battery" of Ms Toscan du Plantier.
She was discovered battered to death on the laneway to her isolated holiday home at Toormore outside Schull on December 23, 1996.