Briton allowed to appeal over French murder in Ireland

13th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A British man wanted for questioning over the 1996 murder of a French woman in Ireland was on Wednesday given permission to appeal a decision to extradite him to France, his lawyer said.

Ian Bailey, 54, was the subject of a European arrest warrant over the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, 39, the wife of the late Daniel Toscan du Plantier, the former chief of France's Gaumont film studios.

She was found beaten to death on December 23, 1996 in County Cork, southwest Ireland, close to her holiday home.

The High Court in Dublin ruled on March 18 that Bailey, who lives in Ireland and has always maintained his innocence, could be extradited to France.

On Wednesday, Bailey appeared at the high court and was given permission to appeal, his lawyer Frank Buttimer said.

"He was allowed to appeal to the Supreme Court," the top court in Ireland, Buttimer told AFP.

"It will be some number of months because it's a very complicated issue."

He added: "My client is pleased... he will be pursuing his appeal diligently and vigorously as much as he can."

Irish police questioned Bailey, a former journalist, twice but released him without charge on both occasions.

The Irish police file on the murder investigation was handed over to French authorities in 2008 in an unusual move that was cleared by an Irish judge.

© 2011 AFP

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