Ian Bailey released ahead of extradition hearing

Mr Bailey is wanted in France to stand trial for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was found dead in Cork in 1996

Ian Bailey released ahead of extradition hearing

Ian Bailey as he arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning, 30-03-2017. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Ian Bailey has been released on bail following his arrest as part of the latest attempt to have him extradited to France.

He’s wanted there to stand trial for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who was found dead near her holiday home in Schull in west Cork in December 1996.

Mr Bailey was arrested by gardaí twice but has never been charged with anything in this jurisdiction.

The 60-year-old was arrested on foot of a French-issued European Arrest Warrant that was endorsed by the High Court this morning.

When Justice Tony Hunt told Mr Bailey that he could consent to his surrender, he shook his head in disagreement.

This is the second time the French have tried to extradite him in relation to the murder, but this time he’s wanted to stand trial.

When the warrant was read to him, the court heard he described it as “severely flawed”.

The extradition process will now get underway with an initial hearing due to take place on Friday week.

Frank Buttimer is Mr Bailey’s solicitor: