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Ian Bailey’s latest extradition hearing is due to get underway today.

He is wanted by authorities in France after being convicted, in his absence, of killing Sophie Toscan du Plantier over twenty years ago.

This is the third time French authorities have sought Ian Bailey’s surrender.

Last year, a court in Paris found him guilty of the voluntary homicide of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Her body was found outside her holiday home in west Cork in 1996.

63-year-old Mr Bailey, who has always maintained he had nothing to do with her death, didn’t attend the trial.

He was sentenced to 25 years in prison in his absence.

He described the proceedings as a ‘farce,’ and is once again fighting his extradition.

Authorities in France were unsuccessful on their last two attempts, but they believe this time is different, because Mr Bailey has since been convicted.

The hearing has been set down for three days.

Reporting by Frank Greaney
Main image: File photo of Ian Bailey. Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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