Ian Bailey has been arrested on foot of a French warrant for his extradition

Ian Bailey has been arrested on foot of a French warrant for his extradition
Ian Bailey is facing extradition to France. Pic: Collins Courts

IAN Bailey has been arrested after the High Court endorsed an arrest warrant seeking his extradition to France for the murder of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier.

The warrant was issued by France after Mr Bailey was found guilty in his absence earlier this year of the murder of the Frenchwoman near Schull 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 last May.

On December 2, the High Court held a hearing into the most recent application and Mr Bailey attended it with his lawyers.

The case was adjourned to today.

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

In the 10 years since 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 last year.

Investigators came to Ireland a number of times to question people who were witnesses in the garda investigation.

In late 2014, Ian Bailey took a High Court action for wrongful arrest against the State, which he lost.

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