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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Over 130 phone tapes found linked to Sophie Toscan du Plantier case

Shane Phelan, Public Affairs Editor

Published 03/04/2014 | 15:44

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Sophie Toscan Du Plantier

THERE are now over 130 separate tape recordings linked to the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case.

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The potentially explosive trove of tapes contains recordings of calls between gardai, witnesses and journalists, garda sources have confirmed.

The largest number of calls with a single individual were with Marie Farrell, a key witness in the case who claims she was pressurised by gardai into implicating Ian Bailey in the December 1996 murders.

She was involved in 36 recordings taped at Bandon Garda Station in Co Cork.

There are also 18 separate recording involving former British soldier Martin Graham.

He has claimed he was given drugs and money by gardai in return for befriending Mr Bailey and seeking to draw a confession from him.

The claims have been denied by the gardai who handled him.

Eight of these recordings were previously known about and were arranged specifically by his garda handlers.

However, it appears the other 10 were recorded secretly and the gardai who spoke to him may not have known they were being recorded.

A list of the recordings has been circulated to the Department of Justice, the Garda Commissioner and Mr Bailey’s lawyers.

Mr Bailey, who is no longer considered a suspect, is currently suing the state for alleged wrongful arrest.

Solicitor Frank Buttimer, who represents Mr Bailey, declined to comment on the details disclosed.

The inventory lists 42 recordings relating to conversations between gardai and journalists, while a further 37 recordings were phone calls between gardai and other members of the force.

Conference calls between local gardai and senior officers in Dublin were also recorded.

Further details of the recordings are expected to be disclosed when the Bailey law suit is due for mention in the High Court tomorrow.

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