By MARY CAROLAN
A High Court judge has directed that journalist Ian Bailey should be extradited to France in connection with the killing of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Co Cork 14 years ago.
However, Mr Justice Micheal Peart has deferred the making of an order for the extradition to allow Mr Bailey’s lawyers consider an appeal to the Supreme Court. If Mr Bailey decides to appeal, his extradition will be stayed pending the outcome of that appeal.
Mr Bailey was in court today and remained impassive as Mr Justice Peart delivered his decision. The case has been adjourned until Tuesday and Mr Bailey remains on continuing bail.
Mr Bailey (53), The Prairie, Schull, Co Cork, has always denied any involvement in the killing of Ms Toscan du Plantier (39), whose body was discovered near her holiday home in Schull on December 23rd, 1996.
Mr Bailey was arrested by gardaí investigating the killing and no charges were ever preferred against him but the French authorities had sought his extradition.
Today, Mr Justice Peart ruled none of the objections raised by Mr Bailey entitled the court to refuse the application for the surrdender to Mr Bailey to France.
The judge said there was no evidence that Mr Bailey faces a real risk of an unfair trial in France. He said he was also satisfied the surrender of Mr Bailey was not prohibited by any provision of the European Arrest Warrant Act 2003 or of the European Framework Decision on extradition.
The judge also found any comfort which Mr Bailey may have derived from the fact the Director of Public Prosecutions here had made a decision not to prosecute him did not confer upon him any right or privilege to the effect he could not or would not be surrendered.