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Judge angry at Toscan du Plantier murder case extradition delay

Lawyers for a former journalist accused of murder have been ordered to get a move on with his extradition case over the killing of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

A judge signalled his impatience with Ian Bailey's legal team after they sought a further postponement of the hearing in the Republic’s High Court yesterday.

Granting a final adjournment, Judge Michael Peart said he wanted full proceedings to go ahead within two to three weeks.

“I don't want it to drift off into Never Never Land,” he said.

Mr Bailey is fighting attempts by French authorities to extradite him from Ireland to Paris to face questions about the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier (39).

Her battered body was discovered on December 23, 1996 near her holiday home at Toormore, outside Schull in west Cork.

No-one has ever been charged in connection with the murder.

Mr Bailey, who was present during yesterday's hearing, denies any involvement.

Applying for another adjournment to the extradition case, his barrister said they were awaiting an affidavit from a French lawyer currently in Algeria.

Mr Bailey was remanded on continuing bail until July 21.

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