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Ian Bailey. Picture: Collins

Ian Bailey. Picture: Collins

Ian Bailey. Picture: Collins

IAN Bailey (63), who is fighting extradition to France, will launch his new book of poetry in Cork.

A second volume of poems written by the Manchester-born journalist will be launched at Kealogue, Allihies in west Cork on Saturday evening.

Entitled 'A John Wayne State of Mind', the volume will be launched with selected readings by Mr Bailey from 7.30pm.

His previous poetry volume was entitled 'The West Cork Way.'

Mr Bailey has said his poetry helped him cope with the unrelenting stresses he has faced over the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case since 1996.

One of his new poems is entitled 'In The Eye of the Hurricane' and he said it encapsulates how he has felt over recent times.

The launch takes place as Mr Bailey attempts to resist a French bid to have a European Arrest Warrant for him ratified by the High Court over the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (39) almost 24 years ago.

Mr Bailey has consistently protested his innocence over the killing of the French film executive and mother of one on December 23 1996 at her Toormore holiday home in west Cork.

He further claimed there was a sinister campaign to frame him for the brutal crime.

However, he was convicted in absentia last May by a Paris criminal court of the murder of Ms du Plantier and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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A French bid to have Mr Bailey extradited to Paris over the west Cork killing was rejected by the Supreme Court in 2012.

The journalist was arrested by gardaí for questioning as part of their investigation in 1997 and 1998 - but was released without charge on both occasions.


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