Belfast Telegraph

Briton to appeal over extradition

A British man is to appeal against his extradition to France for questioning over the murder of a film-maker.

Former journalist Ian Bailey, 53, is wanted by officials in Paris who are investigating the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was violently beaten to death in Ireland 14 years ago.

Last week, a judge at the High Court in Dublin ordered Mr Bailey to surrender to authorities in France, where an investigating magistrate is examining the unsolved murder.

Mr Bailey's lawyers have made an application for leave to appeal on three grounds in the court. Barrister Ronan Monro said his client would be appealing but said the legal team needs more time to prepare arguments if state solicitors plan to object. The case was adjourned for one week.

Mr Bailey launched a legal battle against his extradition after the European arrest warrant was executed by police last year.

An investigating magistrate, Patrick Gachon, was appointed in Paris to conduct an inquiry into Ms Toscan du Plantier's death after Ireland's Director of Public Prosecutions announced that nobody would be charged following a Garda investigation.

Under French law, authorities can investigate the suspicious death of a citizen abroad but they cannot compel witnesses to go to Paris for questioning.

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