Ian Bailey confirms Sophie Toscan du Plantier investigation authorised by Gardaí after "new information" emerges
"I pray the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth emerges."
Ian Bailey has confirmed that an investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier has been authorised by Gardaí after the emergence of what he described as "new information".
Bailey said that an investigation into the comprehensive cold case of the murder file had been approved by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris after Bailey wrote to him.
"For those who have not heard a comprehensive cold case of the murder file an investigation has been authorised by Commissioner Harris as a result of me writing to him and the emergence of new information..." Bailey said on Twitter on Tuesday.
He added that he was "praying for the truth" amid the investigation.
"I pray the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth emerges," he continued.
For those who have not heard a comprehensive cold case of the murder file an investigation has been authorised by Commissioner Harris as a result of me writing to him and the emergence of new information...I pray the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth emerges IKBO
— Ian Kenneth Bailey BCL, LLB, LLM (UCC) (@IanKennethBail1) July 6, 2021
Over the past quarter of a century, facts and information about the death of Sophie Toscan du Plantier is still being released to the public, with most people in Ireland able to give a broad strokes retelling of the murder.
The brutal murder, which took place in the town of Schull in West Cork in 1996, triggered one of the biggest murder investigations Ireland had ever seen and became a national obsession.
Bailey, a suspect in the case, has been convicted of the murder by the French authorities but was not present for the trial after winning a legal battle against extradition.
He has maintained his innocence in regard to the murder.
Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, a documentary looking at the tragic murder made by the Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man On Wire, Searching For Sugarman) and filmed in West Cork, as well as other locations around Ireland and France, was released on Netflix at the end of June.
Bailey recently said that he suspected the Netflix documentary series about the murder will be "a piece of propaganda" and "a piece of demonisation".
Bailey appeared in the documentary but only gave Netflix "limited access".
Furthermore, a separate documentary from Sky, directed and narrated by six-time Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan was also released last month, while another one from the producers of Chernobyl is also in the works.
Prior to those documentaries, meanwhile, a podcast from Amazon's Audible service, titled West Cork, also examined the inner workings of the case and garnered huge popularity and critical acclaim.