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# Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Garda Commissioner attempts to prevent release of Toscan Du Plantier files
Ian Bailey is bringing a case against the state, but his solicitor says that a number of files are being kept secret.

THE GARDA COMMISSIONER is seeking to withhold over 128 files relating to the murder of Sophie Toscan Du Plantier, the solicitor representing Ian Bailey has confirmed.

Bailey is bringing a civil action against the State and has asked for all files relating to the murder of the French film producer to be released.

Martin Callinan, however, is asking for privilege on 128 files, Frank Buttimer told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme.

According to reports over the weekend, these include three confidential reports.

The Garda Commissioner’s office told the programme that Callinan was “entitled to assert privilege like any defendant in civil litigation”, something Buttimer says he accepts.

“Obviously the matter will have to be settled by the High Court because we intend to seek a ruling on the matter of privilege.

“Privilege is not applied if one can show there is improper conduct and public interest is superseded by the affairs of the state.”

Bailey has been arrested twice for the 1996 murder of the French woman, but has never been charged. He has always denied any involvement in the killing.

Read: Ian Bailey speaks out against system of garda complaints

Read: French detectives return to Ireland to question witnesses over du Plantier death

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