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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Lawyer says Du Plantier murder probe tapes could aid French inquiry

Sophie Toscan Du Plantier
Sophie Toscan Du Plantier
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The revelation that interviews with witnesses involved in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder probe were recorded could be of major interest to the French inquiry, a lawyer for the deceased’s family has said.

Lawyer Alain Spilliaert said reports that gardai recorded conversations with two main witnesses in the investigation was an opportunity for a new review of the murder case.

French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered outside her West Cork holiday home in December 1996.

Recordings were made of interviews between gardai and key witness Marie Farrell, a shopkeeper in Schull, West Cork and also between gardai and Martin Graham, a friend of suspect Ian Bailey.

Mr Spilliaert told RTE’s News at One the family’s main concern was that the tapes had not been destroyed.

"If these recordings, tapes for example record some phone calls given by Marie Farrell to the garda this should be of major interest,” he said.

"Our concern - the family concern - in the last few days was that any evidence, any new material should be preserved and kept for the French inquiry.

"I understand the Attorney General has instructed to preserve this material and this is quite important for us.”

French investigators are due to return to Ireland in the next few weeks to conclude their interviews. 

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