2013 – 2019: Investigation in France and Assizes Paris trial

After the negative decision of the Supreme Court of Ireland, the association remains mobilized. It continues and directs its actions so that French justice brings the main suspect Ian Bailey to the Assizes.


The Human Rights Training Institute of the Paris Bar** and the Center for Research on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law are organizing a symposium on"FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND THE EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT: CONSIDERATIONS ON THE SOPHIE TOSCAN DU PLANTIER CASE”, on Friday February 22, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the University Panthéon-Assas in Paris.

In the NEWSLETTER N° 13 of May 31, 2013,ASSOPH expresses its expectations of the results of its actions:

  • acceptance of the arrival in Ireland of French police officers to question 30 witnesse
  • activation of the Serious Crime Review Team in Ireland
  • in Europe, examination by the European Commission of the complaint against Ireland filed by the family.

ASSOPH continues its actions in search of the truth on Sophie's case by : - maintaining pressure on the French and Irish authorities, - denouncing the delaying measures of the Irish justice system, - working for the publication of a book to relaunch proceedings against the main suspect and to denounce Ireland's denial of justice.

The first interview of Sophie's son to the Irish Daily Mail of July 15, 2013: "A trial must take place"«

November 12 Newsletter to members n°14


January 25: Publication of the Black Book, Assoph Newsletter n°15

The first interview of Sophie's son in the daily Le Parisien on January 29, 2014: "A murderer is at large"

The co-authors of the Black Book entitled "Justice Denied, Sophie Toscan du Plantier 23 December 1996", have signed a publishing contract with the publisher Max Milo (for the French edition). The book hits bookstores on January 30, 2014.

ASSOPH's reaction following the delay of the Irish authorities to respond to the letters rogatory by the French investigating judge

Promotion evening event for the book “Justice Denied, Sophie Toscan du Plantier 23 December 1996” on February 27, 2014, Mairie du XIe Arrondissement, Paris.

Press release of April 21, 2014

Our reaction in response to the controversy about the Garda misconduct .

Conference “The place of the victim in the criminal trial”

May 12, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Salle des Conseils 75005 Paris.

May 17 :ASSOPH Press Conferencerk , in Cork, with Marguerite Bouniol's letter to the Irish media..

July 27: Judicial Information in France, Ireland and Europe, Assoph newsletter n°16

December 8: Minutes of the general assembly of November 19, 2014, Assoph newsletter n°17


ASSOPH's reaction following the decision of the High Court of Ireland to dismiss Ian Bailey's complaint: Press Release - 31 March, 2015.

Ireland continues to delay procedure: Newsletter N° 18 du 12 mai 2015

ASSOPH participation in the radio program of France Inter "Affaires sensibles"(sensitive cases) devoted to Sophie Toscan du Plantier on June 1, 2015.


Franceinfo document: Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s case, a son in search for truth.

Will the twentieth year after the murder be decisive? Bulletin No. 19 of February 1, 2016

August 3, 2016: Indictment of Ian Bailey for intentional homicide.

We are finally heading towards an Assize trial: AssBulletin N° 20 of August 31, 2016

Twenty years of absence: Irish Times 23 November, 2016 Lara Marlowe

December 2016: A suspect turned accused: Bulletin N° 21 of December 20, 2016


Sophie's son and brother to attend memorial mass in Goleen this weekend: The Southern Star 14 January 2017

Sophie Toscan du Plantier's son promises to keep fighting for justice until his "last breath":

Irish Examiner 15 January, 2017

Justice follows its course in France: Press Release 2Press release of April 25, 2017

June 2017: Slow pace on the French side, confusion in Ireland: Bulletin N° 22 of June 24, 2017

Sophie's son has no doubts about his mother's killer: November 16, 2017 on France TV Info


February 1, 2018: Le Parisien the french newspaper “Le Parisien” announces that Ian Bailey is referred to the Assize Court

With the order for Ian Bailey's referral to the Assizes, the issuance of a second European Arrest Warrant against him, and the confirmation of the referral by the Paris Court of Appeal, important steps have just been taken : Newsletter N°°23 - 2 February, 2018

The trial of the alleged murderer of Sophie Toscan du Plantier will be held:

May 2, 2018, the french newspaper “Le Monde” announces that the Court of Cassation validates the referral of Ian Bailey to the assizes

Dismissal of Ian Bailey's appeal in Cassation: Press release of May 5, 2018

ASSOPH is preparing for the trial at the Assizes: Newsletters to Member n°24 on July 5, 2018

August 8, 2018: The Times announces an internal Garda report which contradicts Ian Bailey's accusations of alleged police plots to incriminate him.


The trial in Assizes will be held from May 27 to 31, 2019. The civil parties, their lawyers Marie Dosé, Laurent Pettiti, and Alain Spilliaert and the Association for the truth about the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, are pleased that the criminal hearing is held in France. In France, for the requirements of a fair trial are met: press release of January 31, 2019

Finally a trial 23 years after the facts: Newsletters to members N°25 of February 1, 2019

April 18, 2019: Press Release from the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office

May 31, 2019: the Paris Court of Assizes sentences Ian Bailey to 25 years in prison for the murder of Sophie Bouniol, Toscan du Plantier's wife, in Ireland on December 23, 1996. It immediately issues an European Arrest Warrant to his counter so that he is extradited to France.

The reasons for the judgment are given in the 10-page document le document de 10 pages Paris Court of Assize judgment

May 31, 2019: the french newspaper “Le Monde” announces Ian Bailey is sentenced to 25 years in prison


December 23, 2019: Article by Barry Roche in the Irish Times: A 23-year investigation: What next for the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder case? (A 23-year investigation: What next for the Sophie Toscan du Plantier affair?)