High Court rejects Ian Bailey’s extradition request to France to serve prison sentence

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The High Court ruled that Ian Bailey could not be extradited to France to serve a 25-year prison sentence imposed on him by a French court for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in West Cork ago 24 years.

Judge Paul Burns delivered his judgment this afternoon to the High Court of the Criminal Court in Dublin this afternoon and said Mr Bailey could not be surrendered to France under a European arrest warrant the year last.

The French authorities issued the European arrest warrant against the English national Mr. Bailey (63 years old) in June 2019 following his conviction before the Paris court on May 31, 2019 for the murder of Ms. Toscan du Plantier.

The three judges of the Paris Assize Court found Mr Bailey guilty in absentia of the intentional homicide of Ms Toscan du Plantier (39) in his isolated holiday home at Toormore near Schull in Co Cork on 23 December 1996 .

Judge Frédérique Aline handed down a 25-year prison sentence against Mr. Bailey – who was not legally represented at the Paris trial – for “the extreme gravity” of the murder of the French producer and mother of a child.

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