Chronology 2009 – 2012: Investigation in France and Irish blocking

This is the period when the investigating judge Patrick Gachon, assisted for a certain time by judge Nathalie Dutartre, examines the Irish file and establishes the French file with various testimonies both from France and Ireland.

June 12 2009 : Arrival in Cork of judges Gachon and Dutartre and French police officers to examine the scenes and meet
Irish police officers.

Motion of the meeting of 29 June, 2009

Remembrance day of 12 September, 2009

October 2009 : Judge Gachon hears two Irish police officers in charge of the case.

November 16 2009 : The civil parties file with Judge Gachon a request for an act with a view to the hearing of Ian Bailey.

February 19 2010 : A European Arrest Warrant (EAW) issued by Judge Gachon against Ian Bailey is passed to the Irish authorities.

International(European) arrest warrant, 19 February, 2010

On Monday, April 12, 2010, on the advice of the Attorney General Paul Gallagher, the Irish state has asked the High Court of Ireland to consider the European arrest warrant issued by Judge Patrick Gachon to make it effective.

On Friday, April 23, 2010, the High Court of Justice of Ireland enforces the arrest warrant against Ian Bailey.

27 April 2010, our ASSOCIATION learned with great sadness the passing of one of our sponsors, Pierre-Jean Rémy at the age of 73 years.

April 24 2010: Ian Bailey is brought before the High Court in Dublin.

Reaction of ASSOPH of April 26, 2010 to the European arrest warrant: Press Release - 26 April, 2010.

The High court accepts the French arrest warrant against Ian Bailey and puts him under arrest.

General meeting of May 17, 2010: Notice and agenda (in french).

May 21, 2010: Release of the documentary Le Monstre des collines (The Monster of the Hills) by Karl Zéro and Chris Lafaille, produced by the company 3e Œil Productions for the channel 13th Street, 2010.

ASSOPH's reaction to the postponement of the hearing on the execution of the European arrest warrant: Press Release - 10 June, 2010.

Reaction of ASSOPH to the new postponement of the hearing on the execution of the European arrest warrant to October 13, 2010: Press Release - 23 july, 2010

The Irish Ministry of Justice indicated on September 11, 2010 that it is authorizing a forensic team of French experts to examine exhibits from the investigation into Sophie's murder: A forensic team will go to Ireland.

The High Court of Justice of Ireland after having heard the defense of Ian Bailey on December 16 and 17, 2010 requests clarification from both parties on European case law. It will rule on March 18, 2011 on the admissibility of the European arrest warrant: The decision of the High Court is expected on March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011: High Court upholds execution of EAW, but allows Ian Bailey to appeal to Supreme Court.

The Irish High Court of Justice has just given a favorable response to the European Arrest Warrant issued by Judge P. Gachon against Ian Bailey in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case: The decision of the High Court rendered on 18 March 2011

Reaction of ASSOPH to the acceptance by the High Court of the admissibility of the EAW on March 19, 2011: Press Release - 19 March, 2011

ASSOPH's reaction to the acceptance by the High Court of the appeal on the admissibility of the EAW requested by the defense of Ian Bailey, before the Supreme Court: Press release of April 13, 2011

ASSOPH's reaction to the cooperation agreement between the French and Irish police for the hearing of witnesses and the examination of exhibits: Press release of August 15, 2011

An Evening for Sophie, meeting of October 18, 2011 at the Saint-Eustache church, Paris 2.

November 7, 2011 : Retirement of James Hamilton, replaced by Claire Loftus as DPP.

November 2011: In the midst of a Supreme Court debate, Eamon Barnes obtains that the DPP report written in 2001 be transmitted to the Court, which accepts it.

Postponement sine die of the examination of the EAW by the Supreme Court: ASSOPH's reaction of November 13, 2011

On February 05, 2012 : Participation of ASSOPH in the commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of the murder of Sophie

March 1, 2012: The Supreme Court rejects the EAW.

ASSOPH reaction of March 01, 2012: Decision of the Supreme Court not to execute the EAW

ASSOPH Newsletters following the decision of the Supreme Court not to execute the EAW: Newsletters N° 10 of March 15, 2012

Newsletter N° 11 to Members - 1 August, 2012

ASSOPH is preparing strong and significant actions in Ireland and with the European authorities, to advance the judicial treatment of this atrocious and still unpunished crime.

ASSOPH will challenge the Irish state and citizens by publishing a "Black Book" denouncing all the scandalous aspects of what amounts to a denial of justice.

Article by Alain SPILLIAERT, lawyer for Sophie's family and ASSOPH, in the Irish Times of September 3, 2012 "Giving a voice to victims of crime"
September 24, 2012: Marguerite and Georges Bouniol,Baudey-Vignaud Pierre-Louis, Bouniol Bertrand, Bouniol Stéphane and ASSOPH, assisted by Sollicitor Michel Puechavy, file a complaint against Ireland for non-compliance with Community law, a step prior to a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Participation of ASSOPH in the launch of the association “European Alliance Justice For Families” in Dublin on November 23, 2012

Newsletters N° 12 of December 12, 2012

ASSOPH is stepping up its actions:

  • in Ireland with the mobilization of members of Irish Parliament and the request for re-examination of the file by the "Serious Crime Review Team"
  • in France with the Ministry of European Affairs
  • by denouncing the unfairness of the decision of the Supreme Court of Ireland not to follow up on the EAW by publishing a "Black Book" reporting on the judicial, police and political dysfunctions in the treatment of Sophie's case.

ASSOPH reaction to the publication on the internet of the confidential review of the assassination investigation prepared by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2001

[A number of the above points are taken from the book:

The Sophie Toscan du Plantier affair, a denial of justice published by Max Milo, 2014]

Appendix 1: Some information on the European Arrest Warrant

Appendix 2: Judiciary Information on the criminal procedure in France