Saturday 24 February 2018

Bailey will be sent to France, says Paris lawyer

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

THE High Court is today expected to adjourn an extradition hearing for former journalist Ian Bailey amid predictions by a top French solicitor that he will ultimately be sent to France.

Mr Bailey was arrested last Friday on foot of a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) issued by a Paris magistrate investigating the 1996 death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The High Court released the Manchester-born law student on bail on Saturday and he has been excused attending today's hearing because of his final year University College Cork exams next week.

The case is expected to prove a landmark in Irish law because, to date, no one has ever been extradited to face proceedings in a foreign country for an alleged offence that occurred here.

The French warrant seeks Mr Bailey's extradition for the alleged "wilful homicide and serious assault and battery" of Ms Toscan du Plantier.

The French mother of one was discovered battered to death on the laneway to her isolated holiday home at Toormore, outside Schull, Co Cork, on December 23 1996.

Mr Bailey has always maintained his innocence and he repeatedly claimed that sinister attempts were being made to frame him for the killing.

However, French solicitor Alain Spilliaert, of K&L Associates in Paris, who previously acted for Ms du Plantier and her family, said he believes Mr Bailey will eventually be sent to France as part of the probe by magistrate Patrick Gachon.

"We are confident that he will be sent to France," he said. "He will have to answer his (the magistrate's) questions because this inquiry is not based on false information. It is my opinion that they (the Irish judiciary) will accept the EAW."

Irish Independent

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