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French launch court bid to get Bailey's diaries

FRENCH authorities are to ignore Ian Bailey's Supreme Court extradition victory and seek a District Court order next week to obtain copies of his personal diaries.

Lawyers acting for Paris-based Magistrate Patrick Gachon are to seek approval from Dublin District Court for the French authorities to get copies of Mr Bailey's personal diaries from the gardai, the Herald understands.

The court action could take place as early as Tuesday.

The move is seen as confirmation that the French intend to press ahead with the case against Mr Bailey despite the unanimous refusal of a five-judge Supreme Court panel to extradite the 54-year old to Paris in connection with the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (39) 16 years ago.

Gardai have retained copies of Mr Bailey's diaries -- with the permission of the District Court -- having previously seized and returned them.

Meanwhile, a complaint by Mr Bailey over the handling of the Ms Toscan du Plantier murder case is being investigated by the Garda Ombudsman.

It follows Mr Bailey's successful appeal against his extradition to France for questioning about the brutal killing.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter confirmed the Garda Ombudsman Commission is examining the complaint, which centres on recently released DPP documents.