Friday 20 April 2018

Court reserves judgment on extradition of Bailey to France

Natasha Reid

A High Court judge reserved judgment on whether to extradite Ian Bailey to France, where he is wanted in connection with the killing of a French filmmaker here.

Gardai arrested the Cork-based Briton in 1997 on suspicion of murdering Sophie Toscan du Plantier, whose body was discovered near her holiday home in Schull in west Cork on December 23, 1996.

Mr Bailey, of The Prairie, Schull, has always denied any involvement in the killing of the 39-year-old and the Director of Public Prosecutions decided not to charge him.

France now wants to prosecute the 53-year-old journalist turned law student.

Mr Justice Michael Peart yesterday asked both sides about double jeopardy legislation regarding European arrest warrants. He noted that a person cannot be surrendered to another country where this State has given a final judgment in the case.

Mr Justice Peart has now reserved his judgment until January 21.

He remanded Mr Bailey on continuing bail.

Irish Independent

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