High court rejects third attempt by French authorities to extradite Ian Bailey

High court rejects third attempt by French authorities to extradite Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey arrives at the High Court, Dublin. Dublin. Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

A THIRD attempt by France to have Ian Bailey extradited in connection with the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier has been rejected by the High Court this afternoon.

France had sought his extradition after he was found guilty, in his absence, of the murder in west Cork in 1996.

The trial in Paris followed a probe by French investigators, who travelled to Ireland to interview witnesses who had been previously interviewed as part of the garda investigation into the killing.

Mr Bailey, who has always protested his innocence, was arrested twice during the garda investigation but was released without charge on both occasions.

Two previous attempts by the French to have Mr Bailey extradited were rejected by the Irish courts. Those attempts were prior to the French trial held in May 2019.

The first rejection was by the Supreme Court in 2012, with the second rejection being in 2017 by the High Court.

After the French probe got underway, Sophie Toscan du Plantier's remains were exhumed from her grave in France and reinterred after a fresh autopsy.

Mr Bailey's fight to prevent a French trial was rejected in France's Supreme Court in 2018.

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