Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Sophie Toscan du Plantier suspect Ian Bailey to give lecture on law

Ian Bailey
Ian Bailey

Self-confessed murder suspect Ian Bailey is to deliver a special public law lecture.

Mr Bailey (56) won an Irish Supreme Court victory last year over an attempt by the French authorities to have him extradited to Paris in connection with their five-year probe into the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier (39).

The mother of one was found battered to death on an isolated laneway leading to her holiday home at Toormore outside Schull in west Cork on December 23 1996.

Mr Bailey, who was twice arrested and released without charge by gardai, has vehemently protested his innocence in relation to the matter.

The Manchester-born journalist has also claimed that sinister attempts were made to frame him for the crime.

He is now suing the Irish State for wrongful arrest and has also made a complaint to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission over his treatment.

Mr Bailey took up legal studies at University College Cork and received a BCL degree and an LLB degree, before securing his Master of Law degree earlier this year.

His 25,000-word thesis was on police accountability.

In Skibereen tonight, he will deliver a keynote lecture to the West Cork Philosophical Society entitled 'Jurisprudence -- the Philosophical Basis of Law'.

Friends have stressed that he will not speak about any ongoing legal matters or take questions about them.

Alain Spilliaert, solicitor for Sophie's parents, Georges and Marguerite Bouniol, has sought permission from Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan for an elite Paris detective unit to visit west Cork within the next fortnight.

This will conclude Magistrate Patrick Gachon's five-year probe into Sophie's death.

Mr Bailey's legal team has repeatedly predicted that the French authorities will attempt to try him in absentia.

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