SIR – Ian Bailey, with not a shred of evidence against him, will soon be tried in France, in his absence, for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Schull, Co Cork, more than two decades ago.
All extradition attempts to get Bailey sent to France have been rejected here in Éire, due to him having no case to answer; since the flawed investigation process here had been entirely discredited, and which the French are now feebly relying upon.
Yet that does not matter to the French, whose judiciary are using legislation brought in by the megalomaniac Napoleon Bonaparte himself, but which remains as a convenient tool when all else fails.
It subscribes to the false narrative principle, which that nutcase Boney enjoyed when bringing perceived enemies and foreign principals to France where he set up false courts to execute those he wished to dispose of. This was / is the crazy logic which Mr Bailey is now to face.
As the month of May approaches and Ian Bailey's so-called trial will begin over there, it is important to realise and not overlook the circumstances under which such a kangaroo court is held. This is not taking place under any European Arrest Warrant, which has been repeatedly declined, but under an archaic statute peculiar to a previously dictatorial France. A revenge clause, essentially.
Facts are not considered; just a conviction is the aim.
That the French persist with this effrontery to democracy and justice, must be foremost in the minds of Irish politicians and the legal profession. Let us hope they will be vocal during those sham proceedings against a man who has spend so many years of his life among us, protesting his innocence against all lies levelled at him.
One amazing complaint laid against him is that he has not often enough declared he ‘didn't do it.’
Is once not enough?