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French detectives to re-interview Du Plantier witnesses

A team of detectives and forensic scientists are due to arrive in Cork to re-interview witnesses and examine evidence linked to the 1996 unsolved murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

Holding an image of Sophie Tuscan Du Plantier is her uncle Jean-Pierre Gazeau
Holding an image of Sophie Tuscan Du Plantier is her uncle Jean-Pierre Gazeau
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

FRENCH DETECTIVES ARE due to arrive in Cork today as part their own investigation into the brutal murder of filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Schull, Co Cork, 15 years ago.

The three detectives will re-interview 30 witnesses who spoke to gardaí in the immediate aftermath of Du Plantier’s death.

The detectives will be joined by two French forensic scientists, who will examine some of the evidence collected as part of the original investigation, reports the Cork Independent.

The Irish authorities have said that the investigation will not be reopened unless fresh evidence emerges, RTÉ reports.

Du Plantier’s body was found outside her West Cork holiday home just days before Christmas in 1996. She had been beaten to death.

Nobody has ever been convicted of her killing.

Former journalist Ian Bailey, 54, is currently fighting a High Court order for his extradition to France.

Read: Du Plantier judge could be handed Ian Bailey’s personal diaries>

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