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Court holds decision in Bailey case

A British man wanted in France over the murder of a film-maker in Ireland 15 years ago must wait at least three weeks to learn if he faces extradition, the Supreme Court in Dublin has ruled.

Judgment was reserved after an arrest warrant from authorities in Paris showed Ian Bailey was wanted for questioning by a magistrate over the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Irish law dictates the 54-year-old former journalist should only be extradited to face prosecution.

The producer was found beaten to death outside her holiday home in Schull, west Cork, two days before Christmas 1996.

Paris-based investigating magistrate Patrick Gachon has indicated on the warrant to Irish authorities that no decision has been made to charge Mr Bailey.

The dramatic twist came on the third day of a Supreme Court appeal against his extradition and almost two years since his detention under European Arrest Warrant.

Mr Bailey's lawyers have argued there are no grounds to extradite him.

"The State now concedes that there is no decision to try Mr Bailey," said senior counsel Garrett Simons.

"It should be clear that that should be the end of the matter."

Mr Bailey, a one-time suspect in the Irish investigation who has always protested his innocence, has been fighting the request from France since April 2010.

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