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Supreme Court to rule on Bailey extradition

A TEAM of French detectives is to travel to Ireland within weeks for follow-up witness interviews once the Ian Bailey extradition issue is resolved.

The Supreme Court will today rule on a request by the Manchester-born former freelance journalist for his extradition order to be referred back to the High Court.

Mr Bailey -- who has protested his innocence in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder probe -- made the demand in light of dramatic new documents from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office.

These documents -- particularly a 2001 review of the garda murder case -- were critical of the original investigation.

Mr Bailey's legal team has argued that the documents hint at "breathtaking wrongdoing" by state officials and said they would have had a significant impact on the original High Court extradition hearing last March had they been available.

If the Supreme Court refuses the request, his appeal will go to a full hearing on Monday.

Irish Independent