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Ruling due on Bailey extradition

A judge was ruling today whether Ian Bailey can be extradited to France for questioning over the murder of film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Former journalist Mr Bailey is wanted by authorities in Paris over the killing of Ms Toscan du Plantier, who was beaten to death in Cork 14 years ago.

The 39-year-old was found dead outside her holiday home at Toormore, near Schull, two days before Christmas 1996.

Mr Bailey (53) was arrested twice over her murder but never charged. He denies any involvement in her death.

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

Investigating magistrate Patrick Gachon was appointed to conduct an inquiry into Ms Toscan du Plantier's death after the Director of Public Prosecutions in Ireland announced that nobody would be charged.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued for Mr Bailey.

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