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Du Plantier family lawyer pleased
31 Mar 2015 11:11
A lawyer representing the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier has welcomed yesterday's verdict in the civil case taken by Ian Bailey against the State and said it will allow the French magistrate investigating the case to conclude his work.
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A jury found that certain gardaí had not conspired to obtain statements from witness Marie Farrell to implicate Mr Bailey in the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier in 1996.
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Mr Bailey had sued the Garda and the State for damages, saying he was wrongly arrested on suspicion of the murder of the French film producer in west Cork in 1996.
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Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Sean O'Rourke, Alain Spilliaert said the verdict was a good decision.
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Mr Spilliaert said the French magistrate had been delayed by the civil case because gardaí were not available for interview while it was ongoing. As a result the French investigation was suspended in May last year.
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He said the judge involved was willing to investigate the remaining witnesses and conclude the probe as soon as possible.
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"What is fundamental in the decision yesterday is the fact that the criminal file that had been transmitted by the Garda in due time, in 2009, to the French justice," said Mr Spilliaert.
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