Friday 15 December 2017

Ian Bailey case: DPP 'to hand over names of three gardai'

Ian Bailey
Ian Bailey

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

THE Director of Public Prosecutions is expected to hand over the names of three senior gardai alleged to have asked a State Solicitor to put pressure on a former DPP to prosecute journalist Ian Bailey for the murder of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

The three gardai were referred to by former DPP Eamonn Barnes in a document expressing concern about aspects of the Garda investigation into the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier.

That document was put before the Supreme Court in 2012 in extradition proceedings concerning Mr Bailey which culminated in a refusal to extradite him to France.

Mr Bailey, who is suing the State for wrongful arrest, has sought an unredacted copy of a memo which identifies the three gardai.

He has always denied any involvement in the murder.

The matter will come before the High Court this morning.

Mr Bailey's civil action before a High Court judge and jury is unlikely to take place before late this year at the earliest.

His partner Jules Thomas has also sued for damages arising from her arrest during the murder investigation.

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