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Ian Bailey Arrested In Dublin In Connection To 1996 West Cork Murder

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

5:32 PM - 16 Dec 2019



Ian Bailey has been arrested again after the High Court endorsed the latest warrant for his arrest from authorities in France.

In May, a French court found him guilty in his absence of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was beaten to death in west Cork 23 years ago.

 

Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s body was found near a laneway not far from her holiday home just outside Schull, Co. Cork two days before Christmas 1996.

Ian Bailey, an English journalist who moved to west Cork in 1991 was arrested but never charged and has always denied any involvement.

This latest attempt to have him extradited comes on the back of his conviction for voluntary homicide - a conviction that was reached by a court in Paris in his absence back in June.

The endorsement of this third warrant for his arrest paves the way for a full extradition hearing to take place at a later date.

As he left court on bail this afternoon, Mr. Bailey was asked by reporters if he was surprised with today’s development, he said:

" I knew this was coming. So, it doesn't come as a surprise to me," and continued to say he was "half" expecting it.

His case will be mentioned again later this week, and a date for a full hearing will be set for sometime in the new year.



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