French court travesty didn’t bring justice for tragic Sophie Toscan du Plantier
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The second of two series revisiting the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, titled Sophie: A Murder In West Cork – was released this week on Netflix.© Provided by Extra.ie
So as to differentiate its offering from Jim Sheridan’s, Netflix claims that its version puts the emphasis back on the victim, who has indeed been reduced to a bit player in the enduring ‘did he or didn’t he?’ mystery surrounding Ian Bailey.
In order to remove any inconvenient distractions, then, the Netflix take has apparently concluded that Bailey, right, did it.© Provided by Extra.ie The second of two series revisiting the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, titled Sophie: A Murder In West Cork – was released this week on Netflix. Pic: Netflix
This will certainly gratify Sophie’s family, who were pleased with the French court’s verdict of Bailey’s guilt two years ago.
Except that hearing was a travesty that would have put North Korea to shame: one crucial witness was rejected because she wasn’t going to give the evidence they wanted to hear; retracted statements were used; there were no forensics; no DNA; hearsay evidence was admitted and; as Bailey didn’t attend, no defender was appointed to test the evidence against him.© Provided by Extra.ie Ian Bailey said that the last 25 years of his life had been ‘taken’ from him due to his inclusion as a suspect in the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios
The French weren’t looking for someone to convict, meaning to hold accountable on the basis of convincing evidence. They were looking for someone to blame. And that isn’t justice for Sophie, either.