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Date is set for Bailey's extradition appeal bidBy Aoife Finneran

AN appeal by Ian Bailey against an order for his extradition to France is to be heard this month by a five-judge Supreme Court.

Mr Bailey (53), a former journalist, is wanted for questioning by an investigating judge in France in connection with the murder of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier (39).

The Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham was yesterday told by lawyers for the State that there may be "some developments outside the control of the State" which may affect the appeal.

Chief Justice Denham will preside over the court hearing the appeal, scheduled to open on November 15 for three days.

Patrick McGrath, for the State, said the State's submissions had been filed.

He said there may be "some developments" outside the control of the State which may impact on the appeal, and that the court would be informed if such developments occurred.

Mr Bailey, of The Prairie, Schull, Co Cork, was not in court. He remains on bail pending the outcome of the appeal.

He has always denied any involvement in the murder. Sophie's body was discovered near her holiday home in Schull on December 23, 1996.