Saturday 16 December 2017

Bailey to appeal extradition order

Former journalist Ian Bailey is to appeal against his extradition to France for questioning over the murder of a film-maker.

Manchester-born Bailey is wanted by officials in Paris investigating the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was violently beaten to death in Ireland 14 years ago.

Last week, a High Court judge ordered Bailey to surrender to authorities in France, where an investigating magistrate is examining the unsolved murder.

Bailey's lawyers made an application for leave to appeal on three grounds in the court today.

Barrister Ronan Monro said his client would be appealing but said the legal team needs more time to prepare arguments if state solicitors plan to object.

The case was adjourned for one week.

Bailey, 53, launched a legal battle against his extradition after the European arrest warrant was executed by police last year.

An investigating magistrate, Patrick Gachon, was appointed in Paris to conduct an inquiry into Ms Toscan du Plantier's death after the Director of Public Prosecutions in Ireland announced that nobody would be charged following a Garda investigation.

Under French law, authorities can investigate the suspicious death of a citizen abroad but they cannot compel witnesses to go to Paris for questioning.

Press Association

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