press release, 13 november, 2011

ASSOCIATION for the truth about the murder of SOPHIE TOSCAN DU PLANTIER born BOUNIOL


The Association for the truth about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier and the family of the victim recall that the brutal murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier born Bouniol, after almost 15 years, remains unsolved and therefore unpunished. They are facing an inadmissible blocking of the Irish system of justice by the recent judicial developments in Ireland and following the decision of the Supreme Court to indefinitely postpone the hearing due on November 14, 2011. The Association recalls that the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) was issued in February 2010 and the delay in its implementation is long overdue.

The Supreme Court of Ireland in November was supposed to provide a decisive answer to the execution of the EAW. It is incomprehensible, to see emerge, a document dating 9 years,  that has just been sent to the defence of the prime suspect by the Irish authorities. It is even more astonishing that these documents had not been forwarded to the High Court in Dublin whose decision ruled the suspect's extradition to France eight months ago.

As a result, it provides a disastrous impression of inefficiency, inconsistency and serious malfunction between the judiciary and police institutions in Ireland which brutally question the execution of the EAW.

In this case, dozens of witnesses spoke freely, publicly, and to the media without their statements being discredited.

The Association requests that the proceedings being conducted by the French judiciary in connection with the highest Irish authorities be dissociated from what would appear to be highly questionable manoeuvres the motivations or justifications of which are beyond comprehension.

Our reaction in response to the posponment of the Supreme Cour hearing