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Murder case extradition ‘will have implications for all Irish people’

Extraditing a man to France for questioning over the murder of a filmmaker in the Republic would have implications for every citizen in the Irish State, it was claimed yesterday.

A barrister for British man Ian Bailey argued the ruling means anyone who knocks down a French tourist in Ireland could face criminal proceedings in the victim's home country.

The former journalist is wanted by officials in Paris investigating the killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was beaten to death in the Republic more than 14 years ago.

Seeking leave to appeal an extradition order at the High Court in Dublin, Mr Bailey's barrister Martin Giblin argued there was public interest to allow his appeal to the Supreme Court.

He maintained any son or daughter who killed or injured a tourist in a car crash could be shipped off to France to face prosecution as a result of the proceedings.

“Everyone is potentially in the firing line,” he added.

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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