Bailey gets honours law degree from UCC

Ralph Riegel

A BRITISH journalist who the French want to extradite from Ireland over the Sophie Toscan du Plantier (39) killing was today being awarded an honours law degree from University College Cork.

Ian Bailey (53) is contesting an extradition warrant issued by the French authorities, who want to question him in relation to the alleged "wilful homicide and serious assault and battery" of the Frenchwoman in December 1996.

The High Court has set a date for December 16 next for hearing the extradition bid, which has been rejected by Mr Bailey's legal team as "a nonsense".

Mr Bailey -- who lives in west Cork -- was arrested in April on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by a Paris magistrate investigating the 1996 death of Ms Toscan du Plantier.

The High Court released him on bail within 24 hours.