Thursday 24 August 2017

Editorial: Du Plantier saga a case of justice never served

Sophie Toscan du Plantier. PA Wire
Sophie Toscan du Plantier. PA Wire

THE murder of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier is a permanent stain on Ireland's criminal justice record. The unsolved murder could also escalate into a major diplomatic incident between France and Ireland, which has suspended co-operation with the French authorities in the wake of a series of revelations about the garda investigation into her death.

Ian Bailey, an English journalist, was twice questioned about the murder. Significantly, he has never been charged.

He is, however, subject to a criminal inquiry in France, which two years ago lost a Supreme Court battle to extradite him from Ireland to face questioning by a Paris-based magistrate.

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